#MotivationMonday :: Post Holiday/Weekend Detox

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Happy Monday my loves!

You may think I am crazy, but I truly enjoy Monday’s. I feel motivated, strong, driven, and with a fresh mind to conquer the week. I haven’t dealt with any issues or BS yet, so why not set the vibe of the week strong and energetic, know what I am saying? Well, even if you don’t, I have a remedy for you.

The following are just a few things that I personally enjoy doing to detox my mind and body, while gaining a bit of balance back in my life after a holiday weekend or even from traveling. I hope you try some of these tips and tricks, but that you also find them useful. Let me know what you think in the comments AND if you have any fun detox remedies.

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1: Spa Day/Night at Home

Usually on Sunday nights, after the long weekend, I love a good bubble bath. Its calming, soothing, therapeutic, good for your muscles and especially for your mind. This is the time I like to detoxify the exterior of my body and just turn my brain on silent (for at least a minute, or two).

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To prepare, I always put in a Lavender Epson Salt. The lavender oil is calming to your senses and the Epson Salt helps relax and repair your muscles. This sets the perfect tone for relaxation even if your mind and brain are still running on high speed from the weekend. Then, I add my favorite bubble bath of course. My favorites are from Lush, the bath bombs are literally the bomb.com (pun intended). They use natural ingredients, don’t test on animals, and won’t buy from suppliers who test on animals. I love them. They are on the pricey side, so I like to save them for nights I need serious relaxation when detoxing.

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Next thing I like to do while soaking and relaxing, is to put a deep conditioner treatment on my hair for about 15-20 minutes, a face mask, and a body scrub. During this time, I’ll also turn on my Pandora Spa Radio station, for a more ‘Spa Like’ experience (occasionally sip on some tea, or a good glass of red wine).

Products

Hair ::  L’Oreal Paris Total Repair – Recovery Mask

Face :: Murad Clarifying Mask

Body :: Naples Soap Company Sea Salt Scrub and Body Butter

Teeth :: Crest 3D White ‘Gentle’ Routine

Nightly Face Products :: Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins and All Purpose High-Elevation Cream

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2 : Meal Prep

The next thing that is essential for me to have a successful week of detoxing is meal prepping. My diet is typically the same week to week, but while detoxing and trying to level out my body, I like to eat lean, clean, and mean! However, that being said, once my week starts I have very little time to go shopping or prep or even think about what I am going to eat. So, on Sundays I will sit down and write out a weekly meal plan. Now I know you are probably thinking, “OCD much?!?” but the reality is, I know by doing this, personally for me, it works and it sets my week up to eat healthy and on budget. I dare you to try it for 2 weeks and see the benefits this process actually withholds.

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1. Write up meals for the week and have recipes on hand.

2. Check your kitchen for what you need and make a grocery list.

3. Grocery Shop and get all ingredients for the week.

4. Meal Prep – Anything from cutting up fruit, making rice, quinoa, chicken, and measuring out into containers lettuce veggies or meat.

I plan on doing a more thorough post on Meal Prepping and setting yourself up for success when trying to achieve a healthy eating lifestyle.

SmoothieI could never do just a juicing detox. My body needs more sustenance and I know that. But while I am detoxing my body and eating an extra healthy diet, here are a few beverages I like to incorporate into my daily routine.

:: AM :: Lemon Water

First thing in the morning before food or even coffee, I have a hot water with lemon. Lemons are packed with so many amazing nutrients including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. It -reduces inflamation -aids digestion -It flushes out the toxins in your body -boosts your immune system  and -actually gives your body an energy boost!

:: Mid-day :: Tropical Green Detox and a Coconut Water

You can make this green monster of a smoothie drink at home, but I get mine from the smoothie stand inside my local market. Rich in antioxidants, it helps in the fight against cell-damaging free radicals. You also get out of this yummy smoothie calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, E and K.  ‘As its name suggests, this drink helps ease digestion and improve the detoxifying functions of the liver!’

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 :: PM :: Apple Cider Vinegar and Manuka Honey Tea

Apple cider vinegar has so many external and internal benefits. I love to make a tea out of it at nighttime before bed. It can -balance your digestive system, whiten teeth (however it is very abrasive so you don’t want to do it often) and – clear up your skin.

Manuka Honey also has some amazing benefits to it as well.

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3 : Workout

My final and most obvious remedy is to workout. Whatever it may be, I just like to be active for 30 min to an hour everyday doing something. Because I am a list maker (whatever works best for you) I like to plan out my workouts ahead of time same as my meals. This way I can mentally prepare myself and fit it into my daily schedule so I have no excuses. After a vacation or holiday or even a long weekend, we tend to feel a bit tired and lethargic, but the only way to counter act these feelings IS to work out. Your body needs it and it will 100% thank you after your done.

Mind.Body.Spirit :: Just Do It

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I hope that you found these detox remedies helpful or inspiring. Please let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have any recommendations. I always love to try new things. As always, thank you for stopping by!

xo Jaclyn

‘Let your smile change the world. Not the world change your smile’

I CAN::U CAN

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Happy Wednesday my loves!

Hope your week is going amazing so far despite the terrible cold in the midwest…brrr!!! This is a two part post that I have been excited about starting. I want to show you a delicious yet healthy recipe jam packed with nutrients, PLUS a workout routine. (Please remember I am NOT a trainer, I am merely journaling my personal goals and ideas. So if you try any of the mentioned workout routines please do so with caution and listen to your body, maybe even ask a trainer first, just be safe! 🙂 )

The first of the year I decided I needed to change my workout schedule. Don’t get me wrong I love to workout, but I also love sleep and I am terrible getting up early in the am. Literally like 5 snooze buttons horrible, it’s kind of pathetic. But, working out is something I need to mold into my schedule first thing in the morning so I can get it done. I work late and when the workday is over I want to either relax or go have dinner and drinks. So alas, I have decided that prep work is crucial in accomplishing your diet and fitness goals, especially mine in the am!

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The following Recipe is one my favorites…easy to make the night before, super filling, and super tasty. Did I mention it’s very healthy too??

Monster Packed Salad:

1/4 Cup Quinoa

Super Greens Salad Mix (Any type of salad you prefer, but stick with darker greens, Spinach, Baby Kale, etc.)

Cherry Tomatos

Cucumbers (You can substitute your favorite Veggies here: Green/Red Peppers, Broccoli, chickpeas, etc.)

1 Chicken Breast

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Coconut Oil

Spices for Chicken: Cumin, Tumeric, Cinnamon, Red Pepper

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Start by adding your dry salad toppings into a separate travel container.Fitness-4

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Next: You want to season your chicken and then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes (shorter or longer depending on thickness) I put coconut oil on top of the chicken.

Seasonings:

Tumeric is known to help brain function, pain reliever and natural antiseptic, cancer prevention, liver detoxifer & more.

Cumin  controls blood pressure, improves iron levels, kills bacteria

Cinnamon regulates blood sugar, reduces pain linked to arthritis, lowers LDL cholesterol, and so much more!

Red Pepper helps with metabolism and digestion.

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While the chicken is baking, the Quinoa will take about 15 minutes to cook. I use a 1/4 cup of Quinoa, with 1/2 cup Water (I drizzle a tad of olive oil, definitely optional). Put on stove at MEDIUM Heat and let come to a boil. After it starts to boil reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minute. DO NOT open up lid to look at how pretty it is until it’s done, that will take the moisture out and won’t cook through all the way.

Quinoa is a Supergrain jam packed with Protein, Fiber, AND Iron! Not only will it leave you feeling full and light, you will feel that way till your next meal and it will provide you with the right energy you need for the rest of the day. I recommend reading more about Quinoa…just click on the link HERE.
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Grateful for my nieces recycled Gerber jars…fits the Olive Oil & Balsamic Dressing perfectly! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!Fitness-12

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The next day at lunch…drizzle the dressing on the salad, heat up chicken/quinoa, drop on top and then let me know what you think! Fitness-14

Outfit Details: Leggings Under ArmorSports Bra ChampionShirt Alternative ApparelShoes Nike Free, Lip Balm eos (Of course!)

As for getting up this morning and working out, I DID IT, so you can to. Like I said, being prepped the night before is crucial, so I packed my gym bag and laid out everything I needed for the morning. I really hope this helped you, motivated you, inspired you in any way! Please let me know how your workout goals and diet goals are coming along and I wish you the very best! And remember….
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Dream. Believe. Achieve.

xo dLondie

Salmon x Mango Habanero

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Happy Monday my loves!

I apologize for the late Recipe Post but here it is!!! Salmon may possibly be my favorite fish to eat and one of the most nutrient packed! There are also so many yummy ways to cook it. I have found the easiest way to cook it in a flash is the broiler. So here is my first Inspired Health Dish…

Salmon x Mango Habanero with Asparagus and Brown Rice:

The following ingredients and directions were made for my mother and I.  You can double triple, depending on how many people you are cooking for.

Ingredients:

2 6oz. Salmon fillets with Skin (You can ask them at the fish Market to take skin off if you don’t like)

Sea Salt / Pepper

Old Bay

Coconut Oil

Asparagus (I usually cook the whole bushel they have at Whole Foods) Cooks about 3-4 Servings

Brown Rice (Uncle Bens 10 Min. has been by far the easiest to make)

Mango Salsa (I get mine from Whole Foods because it is easy, convenient, made fresh, but I can do a recipe making it if you’d like to see)

1/2 of a Habanero Pepper

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1: Prep the Salmon by rinsing, then drying off and putting on a broiler pan.

2: Add Sea Salt*, Pepper to taste

3: I like the flavoring of the Coconut Oil to Compliment the Spiciness of Salsa but if you don’t have it, using baking Olive Oil works just as well.

4: Put Fish in fridge to let marinate a couple of minutes while you prep salsa.

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5: Habanero Pepper: It is a small variety of a chili pepper, that is intensely hot so use sparingly at first to get the flavoring and spiciness you desire. The mango’s sweetness will level it out. ‘They contain a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and the compound capsaicin. Diets rich in the nutrients provided by habanero peppers may help prevent the development of a number of potentially serious medical conditions.’ Click Here to see more benefits.

6: Since the Habanero is so hot I put a glove on so the juices don’t get onto my skin while cutting it, and rub an eye, because let me tell you, you will be hurting. So use CAUTION. I like to cut up 1/2 of the pepper for a lot of spiciness. Finely chop the pepper and add to salsa.

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*I like to add a little more flavoring, so before I put in the fish, I’ll throw a dash of Old Bay Seasoning on.*

7: Turn your broiler on low…set a timer for 15 minutes…put fish in.

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8: After putting the fish in, start the rice which will take about 10 minutes. I use the Uncle Ben’s and follow the directions exactly as it says, it comes out perfect!

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9: After starting the rice, it is time for asparagus. This will take about 8-10 minutes to cook. Wash, Clip and dry.

10: Turn the stove on Medium Heat…let the pan heat up, add 1/2 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil. When pan is heated up throw the asparagus in pan.

11: Use Sea Salt and Pepper as desired, I just use a dash of each. The Sea Salt is so flavorful and mixed with the coconut oil, you won’t need much seasoning…there’s already so many yummy flavors going on.

12: Cover the asparagus and toss every 2-3 minutes. Cook for 8 minutes or until tender.

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12: Plate the rice first to place fish on top, add the mango/habanero salsa on top of fish, then the asparagus and voila.
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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first Health Recipe. Leave comments below and if there is anything else you would love to see. Also, if you try any of my recipes, I’d love for you to take a picture and tag me @dlondie or hashtag #dLhealthdish Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating!

xo dLondie

Accountability

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Sports Bra and Leggings: Lululemon Shoes: Nike Free

I am officially starting my first installment of Fitness Tuesday! Why…ACCOUNTABILITY and of course to hopefully inspire.

Ever since my boyfriend used that term it has stuck heavily with me.  We are all accountable for our actions and what we do and who we are.  In 2010 I lost my father to stomach cancer and it wrecked me emotionally and I’d be lying if I said I still don’t struggle with it to this day.  But watching him struggle with his health and how it affected those around him, I made a promise to myself to always be cautious and to love my body so I would not only be physically healthy but also mentally as well. For my friends, for my family, and eventually for my own children.  When he passed away I knew I needed an outlet, something to keep me heavily focused so I wouldn’t turn down a dark path or enter into dark activities.  So I chose to start training.

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I started training 2 times a week at REBELL Conditioning and it was exactly what I needed.  I truly had no business spending that money on a trainer but it was healthy and therapeutic all in one so I will say hands down it was completely worth it. I was fortunate enough to be invited into a gym with incredibly intelligent trainers all of whom cared not just for training but for the individual they were training as well, and THAT made a huge difference. I learned more about my body than I thought I would. I understood technique, I learned the importance of recovery and mobility, and essentially I learned to respect my body and I felt great despite my mourning.

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Fast forward to now…I would not say I am out of shape, but I am 5’7″ and 158 lbs. (it pains me to write that but f*ck it…that’s going to change!) I let life catch up with me and somehow found myself off balance again, and guess what THAT’S OK, it happens.  Once you accept that fact, it’s time to move forward and make changes. I am in no position to afford a gym or trainer right now, but that isn’t going to stop me, I have so much knowledge that was taught to me from my previous trainers….and I have nature,  a garage, and P90X 😉

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So I want to invite you to come on this journey with me…every Tuesday I want to hold myself accountable for documenting and writing GREAT workouts I had throughout the week and share them with you.  Just note I AM NOT a trainer and not trying to portray myself to be…I am just a woman on a journey back to her healthy self physically, emotionally, mentally. I do want to express the importance of talking to a trainer or physician before you do any intense workouts on your own, for your current and future safety. With great workouts comes great food 😉 Sundays I am going to have a Creative and Healthy Food Post as well so look out for that.

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Please let me know if you have questions, ideas, motivation, or just want to ramble on like myself…Write the comments below and no matter what, things can always get better if you just change your point of view and work hard, and smiling, smiling always makes things better!

xo dLondie

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Pave the Way

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Happy Thursday my loves!

Love this community and love these women… if you haven’t heard of them yet, I HIGHLY (no really, I HIGHLY) recommend you check them out and then get back to me on what you think.  There is nothing more amazing and humbling to see a group of women work their butts off, cheer each other on, and be positive and constant support for one another.

Thanks Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up for changing lives and making an amazing and wonderful difference in this world.

xo dLondie

*Photo Credit: KARENAKATRINA Instagram

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Happy Monday my loves!

Believing you can do something, living your dreams, being the person you want to be is the first step…Working hard and with Integrity everyday is the next, and most important. Don’t ever settle or let people change your beliefs and morals just to succeed in someone else’s race. This is yours…it’s a new week to live out dreams and ideas, and fulfill your goals, finish those To-Do lists.  Work hard always! It’s the most rewarding after everything said and done. Just knowing you worked your butt off should be accomplishment enough and is the secret to being happy and enjoying life everyday.

I watched this little video over the weekend that my boyfriend found…so glad he did because it’s a pretty awesome clip that applies to any dream (Thanks handsome for finding this)….NOW, go watch!

Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Who do YOU want to be in life?”

xo dLondie

*Photo Credit: Women’s Running*