Monday, July 28, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Your Life Is So Much Better!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Have you ever had envy of someone else's life? That person just seems so perfectly happy and perhaps you wanted a small piece of that life? Well, guess what? Your life is so much better!! Things are not always what they appear. That life that may be depicted as "perfect" is far from it. There is no such thing as a perfect life.

You can have an ideal life; a life filled with passion and rewards. How do you get there? Do what you love, be around those you truly love, and live with integrity. It is fine to learn from those who are incredibly successful and awesome, but remember to create your own life. Don't spent time chasing someone else's life. Be you, be epic!

Your life is so much better!!! Celebrate your uniqueness!!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée


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Monday, July 21, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Inspiration Boards

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

my inspiration board... 
Most of us have heard of vision boards. They are incredibly useful for mapping out our goals and aspirations, but what about inspiration boards? I had a day when I literally wanted to break down and cry because I felt as though all my efforts in pursuit of my dreams were useless. Yes, I had one of those day. We all do. Those are the days you just want to crawl back into back and sleep. In effort to overcome this temporary grief, I decided to make a board that reminds me of how awesome I am. This is a board filled with positive affirmations so when I look upon it, I can reflect on my skills, goals, and confidence. I know I have what it takes, we all have what it takes to make the dreams happen.

It is all about the passion. We must keep the passion burning. Sometimes we need reminders. This board easily does this. You can simply clip key words from your favorite magazines and paste it onto a board. Place it in a region where you can see it often (preferable near your workspace). Refer to it as much as you need. It is your friend.

Good luck and keep striving. Know that I believe in you.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

0 Love Your Life Event July 2014

Greetings Beautiful People! 

Last night, I attended an event called Love Your Life, hosted by Lynette Lewis, author of the book, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos with special guest Loretta Bates, who is a world-re-knowned certified Zumba instructor. 
The event was hosted in a cozy chic loft space in midtown, Manhattan. There were refreshments and mouth savvy dishes. It was a very empowering event, filled with women committed to achieving their goals and aspirations. Loretta, shared her incredible journey to success and how her faith served as a key source of support. She is a mother of two and her body is amazing! Lynette is a warm and inviting spirit with a passion to help and motivate. 


I was super excited to attend because the creator of Made By Girl, Jen Ramos was going to be attending. Jen is an incredible inspiration. She is extremely talented and her work speaks for itself. I literally found out about the event on Jen's blog a few days before, and the common theme of clarity and focus throughout the evening resonated deeply with me especially since this week's Motivational Monday was about CLARITY!!! 

Jen & I! 






I met awesome people, made some cool connections, and I look forward to the next big event! 
Follow the facebook page to find out when the next event will be. Hopefully I shall see you there! 

Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary-Andrée 

 

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Why UBER Is Good For Your Health

Greetings and Hello Beautiful People!



I wanted to talk about toxicity in the social/emotional form this week. Over the weekend I had the chance to try UBER the car service app, and it was an incredible life changing experience.
There are so many stressful situations living in New York City. UBER helps to eliminate a big one; getting to and from your destination with ease. We already know stress is a contributor to so many chronic diseases. It was cardless (already tied to your credit card), cashless, haggle-free, and very professional! We also had our bikes with us, so the option to choose a large SUV (for a higher price) worked very well. It was so fast! the GPS picked up our location and the vehicle arrived within 1 minute (it tells you how far away the vehicle is) I loved it! You also have the ability to see, review, and rate the driver (you rate after the experience).



It is definitely worth trying! Especially since the UBER taxi is comparable to the regular taxi rates.
Try it out! They also have UBER Family which offers car seats!!!!! How epic is that!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andrée

Monday, July 14, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Clarity (How Specific Are You?)

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




You may know what you want but how specific are you? Clarity helps to avoid ending up at a destination not worth having.  When you know where you are going it makes it so much easier to get to it.
Accuracy and precision arise when you are clear with your intent.

Go after your dreams, but remember to be very specific as to all the details of your success.

Happy healthy living!
Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

The best way to succeed is to have a specific Intent, a clear Vision, a plan of Action, and the ability to maintain Clarity. Those are the Four Pillars of Success. It never fails! 
 -Steve Maraboli





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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: How Much Water Do YOU Need Daily?

Happy Tuesday Beautiful People!



Water is the essence of life. Without water there is no life. Our bodies are mostly comprised of water. It is important for hydration, energy, digestion, and overall wellness to consume adequate water.
It used to be that we had to consume 8 oz. of water a day. Now the best way to gauge how much you specifically need is based on your weight.
Take your weight and divide it in half. That number is the base amount that you should consume. Example: 150 lbs = 75 oz. (9.5 cups) of water.

If you are pregnant/ nursing, sick, in hot climate, and/or engage in physical activity you need to consume more water.

When you get thirsty, go for the water before you go for the sugary drinks!




Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée


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Monday, July 7, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Pursuit of Success Burnout

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

You are working toward your achievements, you do what you need to do, and then you wait... and wait... and for some odd reason they seem to take forever to appear. Hey! It is coming! If you follow the basic formula of success, which are consistency, passion, purpose, and relentlessness, you will get it!

You've got this! So, instead of replaying the popular phrase, "are we there yet", in your head everyday take a few moments a day and do these things to help comfort you through your journey.

1. Remind yourself of the goal by feeling what you will feel when you finally arrive.

2. Chat it up with your team of supporters, a daily dose of cheerleader action works as a boost of

3. Know that you have a talent/gift/skill that is worth sharing, we need YOU to continue, because there is only one YOU!


Keep up the progress, stay on course!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

0 Organic Vegetarian Spelt Tortilla Pizza





So after experiencing a really awesome avocado and black bean pizza in Williamsburg Brooklyn last week, I decided I wanted to try something a little similar of my own. 

I made this tortilla pizza. It is vegetarian (I used organic cheese) you can always opt to use Daiya cheese, which is vegan. We use it sometimes. 
I used a spelt tortilla, which is great if you want consume a low gluten diet (not suitable for anyone with Celiac) 
The key to this successful dish is the sauce! The Annie's sweet and spicy bbq sauce made it incredible! 

I have a picture of the ingredients below. 
This dish was quick, easy, healthy, and affordable (for those on a budget). All the ingredients were from Whole Foods Market. 






Ingredients: 

Annie's Naturals Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce ( 1 tbsp for each tortilla) 
1 Carton of 365 organic black beans (cartons are better than cans because they do not have BPA) 
365 organic shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 diced beefsteak tomato
sliced onions 
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup of organic sweet corn
Rudi's organic spelt tortillas 
a dash of sea salt
a dash of oregano 
1 garlic clove diced (mixed into the beans) 

Cooking time: about 10 minutes or when desired crisp is achieved. 





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: What IS Toxic Free Tuesday Really About?!

Happy Tuesday Beautiful People!


I just wanted to sum up the basic concept behind Toxic Free Tuesdays.
It is just a place to get some cool health facts and information and have fun.
Your body is your temple, show it some love!




Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andrée

Monday, June 30, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Do You Abuse Time?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




TIME! When you lose it, it is gone FOREVER! All of us have days where we may be somewhat abusive to time. We don't maximize our time, thinking we have a lot more of it. Unfortunately, we do not have infinite time. Some are fortunate to get at least 100 years. However, 100 years in the comparison to the life of the earth is really short.

It really does not matter how long you live, it really matters how well you lived. This is why it is so crucial to make peace with time. Value the moments, the seconds, the hours, the days. Do not spend it wishing it to go by faster. Do not long for tomorrow to start "making progress" toward a better life.

START LIVING TODAY! Every day is a great chance to LIVE.

Watch the video here :-) 


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

0 Humans of New York

Lucas and  I were featured on the popular blog Humans of New York, I, apparently am the only person on the face of the earth who had never heard of it. It was a cool feature because I had an opportunity to express the importance of early intervention in regards to development in small children and how it helped us so much. Hopefully it helps any parent out there going through what we went through.



 The Post

Read the full interview here

Xoxo, 

Mary-Andrée

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Give Your Body Some Turmeric Please!!



Happy Tuesday Beautiful People!

Turmeric is by far one of my favorite spices. It has been studied numerous times. It is has a history that dates back for thousands of years. Research has found turmeric to have healing properties and reduces chronic diseases, reduce inflammation, promotes digestion, high in antioxidants, and beautifies the body!!

This is definitely a household essential!!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andrée


References:

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03001/Three-Reasons-to-Eat-Turmeric.html
http://alzheimer.neurology.ucla.edu/Curcumin.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html

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Monday, June 23, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: You've Changed But Loved Ones Don't Get It

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

When the passion and the drive become a reality, it can a bit of a challenge when the people closes to you don't take your transformed perception seriously.
Steven Pressfield in his book, Do The Work says, "The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are."
So, while we are pushing for change they want us to continue to be who they've always known us as.




It is important to keep pushing for a maintenance of self identity and passionate pursuit of our goals.
Your dreams, paired with dedicated relentless action will lead to a promising results. The key works were relentless action.  A dream backed with little to no action is like a luxury car with a bad engine; where are you going??

Keep pushing, stay committed, live your dreams.




Happy healthy living,

Xoxo,

Mary-Andrée



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Why Parents Should Not Give Kids Fluoride

Hello Beautiful People!

Did you know that fluoride has been researched extensively and has been tied to a variety of health issues? According to a research study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, excessive exposure to fluoride has been identified to have a negative impact on neurological development in children. It reduced IQ levels.




The other issues associated with excessive fluoride exposure include: thyroid disease, osteoporosis, reduced immune function, bone cancer, reproductive and neurological problems.

There is no need to give babies water with fluoride. It accumulates within their bodies and has the potential to cause adverse effects on their development.

Tooth decay can be prevented, the best way is to avoid sugary drinks such as sodas and drinks with excessive refined sugars.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée




References:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/01/paul-connett-interview.aspx
http://www.naturalnews.com/030123_fluoride_babies.html#
http://www.naturalnews.com/030952_CDC_fluoride.html

Monday, June 16, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Do You Play The Blame Game?



Happy Monday Beautiful People!

Do you find yourself blaming EVERYONE else for your life circumstances? Do you struggle because EVERYONE around you is the cause? You may have a little issue I like to call chronic victim syndrome.

Let's be honest, who is responsible for your life? YOU, are the one living in your body. YOU are the one who has to live with the consequences of YOUR actions. Your past does not determine your future. Your past is part of your story. It is up to YOU to shift the direction of your life. Take full responsibility. Know that circumstances do not determine anything, it is current action that will lead the way to your destination!

Take full responsibility, live life fully! Blame NO ONE!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Healthy Hormone Levels (Men & Women)

Your hormones work to send chemical messages through out your body. Having healthy hormone levels is vital, particularly because your hormone levels contribute to the following:


  • Reproduction 
  • Mood levels 
  • Growth & development 
  • Metabolism 
  • Sexual function 
A small amount of change can have a tremendous impact on your entire body. Elevated hormone levels are linked to both prostate and breast cancers. 



According to a post by Dr. Amy Shah, the top 15 tips to improve and maintain healthy hormone levels include: 

1. Avoid "white" foods

2. Supplement with omega-3 fatty acids (chia and flax seeds, as well as walnuts and vegan algae oil) 

3. Avoid oils such as peanut, vegetable, soybean, canola, shortenings, and margarine (use olive & coconut oils instead) 

4. Reduce caffeine consumption

5. Increase consumption of avocados and coconut oil

6. Repair your lepin (get adequate sleep and avoid sugars) 

7. Consider a vitamin D supplement

8. Macro root consumption (in women -- linked with better fertility, reduced PMS symptoms, clarity of skin and in men -- increased sperm production, better libido, and improved sleep).    

9. More fiber (fiber binds to old estrogen; ideal for those who suffer from estrogen dominance) 

10. More phytonutrients (raw greens) 

11. More physical activity ( she recommends 8 sprint exercises a few times a week) 

12. Avoid the top chemical endocrine disruptors ( bisphenol-A, phthalates, parabens, and more

13. Lower stress 

14. Cut out synthetic hormones (i.e. birth control) 

15. Chasteberry consumption (reduces prolactin, too much prolactin can cause irregular menstrual cycles) 


Additional: reduce soy intake (soy is high in estrogen)




Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary-Andree 


Resources: 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11099/15-tips-to-balance-your-hormones-hint-you-dont-need-to-take-hormones.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hormones.html

http://endocrinedisruption.org/endocrine-disruption/introduction/overview


Monday, June 9, 2014

2 Bentonite Clay Hair Mask




I did a bentonite clay mask for my hair. I usually do it for my face. I wanted to try it on my hair because of all the wonderful things I read during my research about it. 
Bentonite clay naturally clarifies hair with product build up and detoxifies. 

Some people actually consume it orally as it is known to
 "-cleanse liver, colon, and skin, 
-balance bacteria in digestive tract
-strengthen immune system."

Some all recommend it for those experiencing massive hair loss, to detoxify pores...

I used 1/3 cup bentonite clay
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of water

I left it in for about 15 minutes 







:-)

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree


Resource:

http://www.naturalnews.com/032549_bentonite_clay_health_benefits.html#

http://wellnessmama.com/5915/the-benefits-of-healing-clays/

http://www.curlynikki.com/2014/01/bentonite-clay-cleanse-for-natural-hair.html

0 Motivational Monday: Better Life Comes From Better Self

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Some people believe that luck is the driving force for success. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is so much that leads up to success and so much that leads up to failure. The results and the destination is based on how much or how little you did to achieve it.

Some people choose to let their future just "happen" while others decide to pave their future. The creator gave you gifts and talents to use. Don't just say, "well my life is already predestined, this is what it is." This is incorrect. So many greats have come from bad circumstances and life situations.

A better life comes from a better you!
FACT!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée





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Friday, June 6, 2014

0 The CDC's Top Powerhouse Fruit & Vegetable List

Hello Beautiful People! 



The Center for Disease Control (CDC) examined and studied a variety of fruits and vegetables and created a list of the top nutrient rich foods. 

Here are the top 5 that made the list: 

1. Watercress
2. Chinese cabbage 
3.Chard
4. Beet green
5. Spinach 

Here is the full list and nutritional content. 


These foods are associated with reducing chronic diseases, so be sure to load up on these foods!!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo, 

Mary 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

0 How to Do a Facial Detox & The Bad Chemicals in Makeup

Here is the latest video! Happy Tuesday!







Monday, June 2, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Repairing Relationship With Self

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




We are so battered and bruised by our own self-judgment. We often overly criticize and scrutinize ourselves more than any other person. Why? Well, overtime we accumulate debt of pain and self doubt. We often take in the criticism offered by others to us and make our own. The only problem is, we make it worse. We dwell on it and even after we think it is long gone, those thoughts are secretly embedded in our subconscious mind and reveal themselves through unintentional self-sabotage.

Progress is often stifled by self-sabotage. We make excuses, we create unnecessary problems, and we find fault in everything that could possible ensure progress. It is time to repair the relationship we have with ourselves.

Take a look in the mirror, everyday this week and hopefully everyday after, and say..

"I have worth, I am beautiful and incredible human being. I have courage to tackle my fears, I am beyond the self-judgment. No more will I dwell on the pain. No more will I seek to hurt myself with unnecessary issues, stress, and, drama. I have worth. I see my worth. I will put my worth in action. Everyday I am changing the world with my presence. All small good deeds have great impact. Today I live." 

Remember, you have tremendous power. If you can think it, you can achieve it. It sounds cliche but it is the truth. Be and live the dream. Love yourself. Repair the damage now.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Top Cholesterol Lowering Foods

Happy Tuesday Beautiful People!

High cholesterol is a potential precursor for heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the number killer in the United States.




By making modifications to your diet and daily habits, you can greatly help your heart!

Here are some top cholesterol lowering foods:

  • Avocados, an incredible source of monounsaturated fats (the good healthy fats) 
  • Spinach (the highest source of lutein) 
  • Fruits high in pectin  apples, cranberries, peaches, (especially citrus fruits i.e. oranges, lemons, grapefruits)
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Oats (oat bran, oatmeal) 
  • Canola oil 
  • Pure chocolate (not the processed kind!) 
  • Garlic

Consuming foods high in soluble fiber are key! Here is a handy list from the Havard Health newsletter.






Remember to always consult with your physician if you have any pre-existing conditions!!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


Sources: 

11 Foods that Lower Cholesterol - Harvard Health Publications. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2014, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Heart_Letter/2009/October/11-foods-that-lower-cholesterol

11 Foods that Lower Cholesterol - Harvard Health Publications. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2014, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Heart_Letter/2009/October/11-foods-that-lower-cholesterol

50 Fiber-Rich Foods | The Dr. Oz Show. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2014, from http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/50-fiber-rich-foods

10 Best Cholesterol-Lowering Foods - Prevention.com. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2014, from http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/10-best-cholesterol-lowering-foods

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Monday, May 26, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: What Happens When Life Happens?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

I had a wonderful post for today but because I had a small mishap earlier when our son embedded my camera chip into my laptop CD-ROM drive after I got up from the table for literally 2 seconds, I had to regroup and make some changes.




Circumstances will happen. What will you do? How do you respond? The response is everything.
Though I was disappointed, I had to take a moment and process the fact that it was an accident and it was not the end of all things. let him know  Move on and take control of the situation. Do not let the situation control you.

Are you resilient? Let's take a pledge to commit to push through the "circumstances". Here is a helpful mantra I created to help navigate through the uneventful situations.

I am life, I am energy, I am courage, I am fearless. 
Though events may occur that I did not expect, 
I am still able to push through and get closer to my dreams. 
I am not broken and will never be. 
I am sole creator of my destiny. The Universe has given to me all 
I need to achieve the dream. I will keep moving and will attain IT. 

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Weight Loss Basics


Watch my latest video for very basic weight loss tips :-)












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Monday, May 19, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: What Competition?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!





Competition is good, just as long as it is healthy and does not compromise our integrity and individuality. The true competition lies within ourselves. The idea is not to duplicate what other people do, but to learn and understand the industry that we wish to grow within. Learn key points and be the best that YOU can be.

Use competition to learn, but be yourself. Be true to who you are. Compete with yourself. Be better than you were yesterday. Remember, there is more than enough to go around! You don't have to be angry at others for doing what you do, just focus on how awesome you are and remember that you are you unique. Everyone has something unique to offer. Let your light shine!

Give your best, and be happy for competition!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~ Mary



Monday, May 12, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Are You a Part-Time Dreamer?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Do you find yourself focusing on your dreams part-time? Do you only give a small amount of attention to them??? Well, most of us go through this, but the plan should be to transition the part-time dream to a full-time reality. Fear prohibits growth. Let go of the fear of the unknown and just live the dream. A life filled with what ifs is a life that has not fully lived.

Be the dream, live the dream, make it happen!

Happy healthy living,

Xoxo,

~Mary

Here's the video:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: Getting Raw!

Monday, May 5, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Giving Self Love


Happy Monday Beautiful People!





Self love & personal confidence; the critical components for survival and success! Why? Well, when we have an abundance of confidence and self-love we are less likely to be distracted by our "flaws" or "imperfections". Those distractions slow us down and take our sites away from our true goals at hand.

We all deserve happiness. We all deserve to give ourselves credit for the accomplishments we have achieved. We have worth and we have value. Everyday, wake up and remind yourself of your achievements and how far you have come.

Happy healthy living,

Xoxo,

~Mary



Sunday, May 4, 2014

0 Its a Full Body Cleanse + Raw Diet

I am so eager to do my cleanse! The school semester is almost over, and I feel as though I have been eating on auto-pilot. Though I am vegetarian, I find myself eating a lot of pita and other starches because it is easy. I am always on the go. It is time to re-adjust my body's eating patterns and habits. 
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I look forward to eating more raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. When you heat food, the heat destroys nutrients and natural enzymes. The enzymes from fruits and vegetables are critical for optimal digestion and prevention of chronic disease.  In summary: "When you cook it, you kill it." 
Eating foods that are high in alkalinity help to readjust the body's pH levels, especially if you consume a a predominantly acidic diet. Remember, "cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment." 
Eating well can promote better mood,  provide boosts of energy, and promotes clear healthier skin. 

Also, since this is a full body cleanse, I limit the amount of exposure to chemicals that could act as bioaccumulatives (chemicals that build up within the body). Exposure could be through deodorants, skin and hair care products, cosmetics, perfumes (spray on clothing not on skin), scented candles, air fresheners, cleaning products, nail polish, and more. 

My intentions are to clean and empty out my body and pores as much as possible. Our skin has more exposure to toxins than our stomachs, as it is our largest organ. Exercise helps to rid impurities from pores. Steaming skin, holistic body scrubs, Ayurvedic oil cleansing, and natural mud masks can also assist with skin detoxification. 

Keep following along! 5 days of bliss :-) 

Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary 



Friday, May 2, 2014

0 It's Coming....

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

0 Toxic Free Tuesday: CDC on Autism Prevention

In honor of  Autism Awareness Month, I felt compelled to mention that The Center for Disease Control (CDC) created this incredibly brilliant and resourceful campaign called Learn the Signs Act Early. It is intended to provide parents, educators, and health care professionals with a plethora of information and resources to help identify normally developmental milestones and to understand  the signs of possible delays. They have charts for each age, interactive games, and more.

Source 


If you have a small child it is crucial to track their development and making sure that they hit specific milestone markers. If your child does show any signs of delay you could get them evaluated and if you qualify for services there are programs such as Early Intervention for ages 0-3 years old, its is completely confidential, It is FREE through the state, it does not matter how much money you make (your socioeconomic level is irrelevant) and you get access to a world of resources and therapies.
There have been many extensive studies that indicate intervention is the MOST effective when started at the youngest possible age. The researchers found that it raised the IQ of the small children by 20 points. Some of the children stopped showing traits of autism completely.

So, the key is early detection. The earlier the better. Parents, it is better to say my child has an issue, confront it early, do the therapies, rather than wait when they are much older and they struggle in school, in social skills.. they suffer more when you wait.
Don't be afraid of a diagnosis, it can be a blessing in disguise.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

P.S. here the video for today!



additional resource:
Daniel, K. L., Prue, C., Taylor, M. K., Thomas, J., & Scales, M. (2009). 'Learn the signs. Act early': A campaign to help every child reach his or her full potential. Public Health, 123, e11-e16.

Monday, April 28, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Space Clearing & Vision Board Updating

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



It's Spring time! It is time to make sure we declutter our personal spaces. There are brief studies that indicate elevated stress levels due to over cluttered living space. Now is the best time to rid our lives of wanted objects. It is also the best time update our goals as well. It is time to make revisions and updates to your vision board.

Perhaps, your short term and long term goals require some touch ups, make those touch ups today!

Visual charts and boards serve as great tools for goal setting and achievement. Like that old saying says, "if you see it, you can achieve it".

Keep striving for success!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

P.S. here is the video :-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

0 Top Foods That Detoxify Your Body!

Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and your colon is screaming for a cleanse!


There are many different ways to do a cleanse, they can last 48 hrs, 3 days, 7 days or even longer! 

Eating raw fruits and vegetables is the best old fashion way to yield great results during a cleanse. Let's go back to the basics. Eat clean pure foods that rid the body of accumulated toxins. 



Here are the top detoxifying foods: 

Liver, Kidney, and Colon Health/ Detoxification  



Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: 
Rich in enzymes, minerals, and healthy bacteria, it is often used to fight candida and fungus. Apple cider vinegar is used in detoxifying the lymphatic system which can aid the elimination of toxins and increase immunity function. There have been studies identifying a potential ability to regulate blood sugar levels and diabetes with apple cider vinegar consumption. 

Avocados: 
High in fiber, potassium, folic acid, and healthy fats. Recent research have found avocados to have the potential to reduce inflammation, which is key in the prevention of chronic illnesses such as cancers, heart disease and more. Avocados contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cellular damage and assists the liver in removing toxins. 

Turmeric: 
Has inflammatory properties, has been used widely in Chinese and Ayurvedic traditional medicine. There are studies that have found turmeric to actually inhibit the growth of tumors.  

Cucumber: 
Excellent kidney diuretic & alkalizing agent, neutralizes blood acidosis.

Beets:
The fiber in beets helps increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which help the liver and the gallbladder eliminate bile and other toxic substances from the body.


Artichoke: 
Promotes healthy liver & gallbladder function. It has a significant amount of cynarin, which helps increase bile production, prevents indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion.


Grapefruit: 
Natural detoxification of liver.

Onions:
Rich in quercitin, a flavonoid known for reducing cholesterol levels, prevention of chronic diseases, and contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. 

Brussels Sprouts: 
The sulforaphane found in Brussels spouts inhibit the growth of helicobacter pylori, a bacteria linked to cancer, within the stomach lining. 

Kale & Leafy Greens: 
Boosts Chlorophyll levels in digestive tract, helps to rid body of environmental toxins like smog and herbicides.

Cabbage: 
Rids the liver of toxins.

Wheatgrass: 
Contains tremendous anti-inflammatory properties. Kills harmful bacteria that may grow within digestive system. High in chlorophyll, nutrient and vitamin rich.  

Broccoli: 
Incredible source of phytonutrients, has the ability to boost liver detox enzymes. 

Watercress: 
Energizes cleansing enzymes in liver & is a diuretic, elevates the rate of urination.


Lemons: 
Helps to alkaline body & helps with digestion.

Cinnamon: 
Used to maintain healthy glucose levels, prevent and treat chronic illnesses. 






Parsley (often used to fight liver disorders)





Additional Resources: 

Shahidi, F., McDonald, J., Chandrasekara, A., & Zhong, Y. (2008). Phytochemicals of foods, beverages and fruit vinegars: chemistry and health effects. Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition17.

Liatis, S., Grammatikou, S., Poulia, K. A., Perrea, D., Makrilakis, K., Diakoumopoulou, E., & Katsilambros, N. (2010). Vinegar reduces postprandial hyperglycaemia in patients with type II diabetes when added to a high, but not to a low, glycaemic index meal. European journal of clinical nutrition64(7), 727-732.

http://www.naturalnews.com/026910_apple_vinegar_cider.html#

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069.php

http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/07/18/broccoli-boosts-liver-detox-enzymes/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/wheatgrass/faq-20058018


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Monday, April 21, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Start Everything With Love

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

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How you start your day, your week, your month, a project, a commitment or whatever else, can have a massive impact on its continuation. Start whatever you do with love. Give it your all. Be in the moment. You will have a great impact on all those around you.

Give positive energy to all you commit yourself to. Negativity is contagious and so is positivity. Let's spread positivity. Spread the love. Start everyday with a smile and you can even start with a gratitude prayer. Be grateful for any small blessing in your life. Be grateful for all the little hidden joys in your life.

"When you magnify the small joys of your life, negativity is powerless!"
~Cultureshocking Truth

Happy Healthy Living!

Xoxo,

~Mary

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Monday, April 14, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Opps I Made A Mistake!

Happy Monday Beautiful People!




I recently made a couple bulk orders for my business and discovered a massive mistake! Initially I was devastated (ok, maybe not devastated) but I was really disappointed. I felt as though I had dropped the ball. This is even more frustrating because things have been moving along so well. However, failure is part of success. Failure gives direction, we can use it to help redirect our attention and priorities.

So, though my mistake may have cost me a pretty penny, it is what it is, and I have learned an immense lesson of being more aware of my ordering processes.

 Continue to move forward, stay close to your passions and dreams. Live a life of purpose. Change the world, be an inspiration!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


Monday, April 7, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Your Mission Is Everything

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



We all have a purpose. Throughout this journey called life, we navigate trying to understand and live our purpose. Staying true to your heart and connecting to your passion regardless of the magnitude can help make an impact on someone. Making changes in society big or small is important. You matter. We all have an effect on the world we live in, we impact our society. Stay true to your gifts and talents. Use them to the fullest.

Value and treasure your mission!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

0 Tips For Optimal Kidney Function (Protect Your Kidneys!)

Though National Kidney Month (March), is over I still wanted to provided key tips and foods that can greatly benefit your kidney function. Everyday should be Kidney appreciation day!




Your kidneys are critical for your well being. The primary role and function of the kidneys is to process an average of 200 quarts of blood to extract two quarts of bodily waste and extra water on a daily basis.

 Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot properly remove wastes, which in turn causes the
buildup of waste and fluid in the body. A physician can assess kidney failure through blood and urine tests.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 Million Americans have kidney disease most do not know it.

Kidney Disease Facts

There are several types of kidney failure:

• Acute kidney failure develops suddenly, sometimes because of severe infection,
drugs or other chemical agents, or physical trauma. If the underlying problem can be
successfully treated, complete recovery of the kidneys is possible.
• Chronic kidney failure develops gradually over years and may cause weight loss,
anemia (low blood cell count), nausea or vomiting, tiredness, headaches, decreased
mental sharpness, muscle twitches and cramps, yellowish-brown skin color, unusual
itching, and trouble sleeping.
• End-stage kidney disease causes anemia, high blood pressure, bone disease, heart
failure, and poor mental functioning - (JAMA, February 11, 2009—Vol 301, No. 6)


The Right Diet May Help Prevent Kidney Disease, New Study Finds

Key tools in prevention are:


  • Healthy nutrition and eating habits
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Reduction of sodium intake
  • Cut back on excessive sugar consumption
  • Stop drinking sodas 
  • Stop eating processed foods 
  • managing and maintaining or prevention of diabetes
  • Implement more physical activities

Top Foods For Optimal Kidney Health 


  • Cruciferous vegetables such as: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, watercress
  • Turmeric 
  • Green Tea 
  • Flaxseed/ flaxseed oil 
  • Berries 
  • Garlic




Preserve your kidneys!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


References: 

Medline Plus (2012). "Kidney Failure". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved March 2014.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (2012). "The Kidneys and How They Work". National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Retrieved March 2014.

The National Kidney Foundation: News. (n.d.). Retrieved March 2014, from http://www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/nr/Right-Diet-May-Help-Prevent-KD.cfm

Khajehdehi, P. (2012). Turmeric: Reemerging of a neglected Asian traditional remedy. Journal of nephropathology1(1), 17.

Crespy, V., & Williamson, G. (2004). A review of the health effects of green tea catechins in in vivo animal models. The Journal of nutrition134(12), 3431S-3440S.

Goyal, A., Sharma, V., Upadhyay, N., Gill, S., & Sihag, M. (2014). Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 1-21.

Rodriguez-Mateos, A., Heiss, C., Borges, G., & Crozier, A. (2013). Berry (poly) phenols and cardiovascular health. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry.

Nasri, H. (2013). Renoprotective effects of garlic. Journal of Renal Injury Prevention2(1).

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Monday, March 31, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Are You Creating Value?

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Value. Value is pivotal for growth in the area of business. How much value are you creating for your audience. What are they gaining from you and the experience you are providing. Are you really transforming their lives to some degree or are you just trying to sell them an empty promise?

Go above and beyond. Exceed expectations and give the people something that can truly help them in some way.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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Monday, March 24, 2014

0 Motivational Monday: Identifying The Distractions

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Do you know what your distractions are? Make a list, go through the day and take a look at what you do and identify where you can replace non-productive time with increased productivity. You might be surprised with what you find.

We all have moments when we complain about not having enough time in the day. The issue is not that we do not have enough time, we just need to manage the time better. In order to have maximum productivity, we need to take a look at everything responsible for draining our time and energy.

If you want it badly enough, you will allocate the time. You have to put in the time and work to see the success manifest.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary


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