Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

dressings

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Add the following to a blender or Vitamix

– 2 tablespoons Honey

– 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

– 1/4 lemon (without rind)

– 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Start blender. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil in a slow stream.

 

 

 

5 reasons I cannot join your MLM …

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I bet if you are a part of a network marketing company, you’re already getting mad just by reading the title. Oh believe me, I’ve been there. I wanted to get people healthy and I thought this company would help me do that. I was big into my MLM company. I BELIEVED! I went to the conventions, called in on all the conference calls, listened to trainings and did what my up-line said. I really believed this would get me to my financial goals and that I could help get my friends there as well. It was exciting to think of the opportunities. After a few years and even earning the car they paid for if you made your monthly numbers, I found out that the products weren’t as pure as they had led us to believe. My team were taught to do sales which created a false bottom line. A lot of people in the desired “VP” status were not making the money that we were told people in that position would make. After finally leaving that company, I went on to on a few more. Never again.

  1. I don’t want to be THAT person

When your friends see you coming, do they run and hide? When you are in network marketing, you tell everyone you know about it just in case they are your next customer or better yet…team member. Friends and family get sick of hearing about your wonderful opportunity all the time. How many friends do you know that never had time to talk until they wanted to sell you something? I have had that happen to me way too many times.  I don’t want to be THAT person (again). Thanks goodness there was no social media when I was involved!

 

  1. I don’t believe in “Fake it til you Make It”

The company I was with wanted you to make your business sound like it was fabulous, all the time. Making your business sound incredibly lucrative when it’s not, just so people will join your team is just dishonest. Lying like that is a dirty sales tactic that I will not do.

 

  1. I don’t think the products are that great

Products sold by all the MLM’s I know about are not that unique or amazing. If there is caffeine, fake sugars, soy, artificial flavors or any other nonsense in your products, it does not interest me. There is no single juice or seed that is a cure-all. Adding some goodness is fine, just don’t try to sell it as a “revolutionary” product. I love oils, but don’t tell me I can ingest them. These companies are making their own rules and standards which I do not trust.

 

  1. It’s a full time job that I don’t have time for

If you want to have a successful business and earn good money as a network marketer, you have to really work it. Phone calls, cold calls, meetings, trainings, follow-ups, marketing…it’s a lot of work. Most companies will tell you that once you have a team, your business will run on its own. Don’t believe that. You always have to work hard. People dwindle and you need to find more.

 

  1. No fancy lingo for me please

You here the same lingo in all the companies. Please don’t let me here: revolutionary, efficacious, innovative, proprietary, cutting edge, state of the art, freedom, opportunity…I’m simply over hearing these words and their promises.

 

If you are in a MLM company, best of luck to you. Enjoy what you learn and the excitement of the great people you will meet. Your opportunity is not for me, but thanks for thinking of me.

 

Super-Duper Nutritious Eggs: 3 Quick Recipes

Eggs have been a tried and true staple in diets around the world for centuries. Forget about the bad rap some people try to give eggs because of the cholesterol content. News flash…we need cholesterol! Why do we need it? It’s in the outer layer of our cells, we need it for growth and for the production of hormones. Our bodies make cholesterol, unless we eat it, then it stops. Your amazing body knows how to balance itself out.  If you are eating well, cholesterol most likely will not be an issue.

What about the yolk? Vitamins, minerals and protein are found in the WHOLE egg including calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid and B12 of the egg, vitamins A, D and E, omega-3 fatty acids, choline, lutein and zeaxanthin. Whoa…and some people are trying to say this superfood is bad for me?!

Where to get eggs? The Get Healthy Program encourages eating foods from healthy, happy animals. Check into your local farmers for free-range chickens. The best label to look for is “Certified Humane” when you go to the grocery store. Whole Foods carries Vital Farms eggs which are the most beautiful color orange in a yolk that I have ever seen!

How many should I eat? Limit it to 2 per day, unless you’re very big framed, then have 3.

How to cook them? Fry them in a pan with butter, stuff an omelet with lot of greens, scramble them in a veggie and potato mash, hard or soft boiled…the possibilities are endless!

Enjoy these 3 quick fried egg recipes that will not take you more than 5 minutes to make!

For all, melt some butter in a pan and add 1-2 eggs. Cook about 2 minutes (depending on if you like them runny or not) and flip, cooking for another minute. Top with Himalayan or Celtic salt, pepper and chili powder!

*** These recipes are all Phase 1 friendly for the Get Healthy Program

  1. Top your fired egg with sautéed spinach and salsa. Boom, easy!

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  1. Have a salad on the side. Arugula and strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar. Add goat cheese and walnuts in Phase 2 and beyond.

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  1. Butter lettuce, cucumbers, grape tomatoes topped with the egg and honey mustard dressing.

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With every month comes change and progress

IMG_4884I always am so excited for the first week of the month…re-assessment week! I measure, weigh and do the same fitness tests that I do on our initial meeting. What a great way to see progress and it’s an awesome motivator!

Highlighted for last month is Kathi’s achievements! She started on her own by going to her gym facility at work and modifying her diet. Kathi trained with me for a few months 2x/week (with a buddy) and came to free Saturday bootcamps. Kathi advanced physically quickly, even though she deals with back issues.

Congratulations to Kathi for achieving her goal of climbing a rock wall at James Island County Park (not to mention kayaking too!). Kathi lost almost 7″ in 2 months, increased on all her fitness tests and increased her flexibility by 2″! Kathi is now giving our advanced class on T/TH with Heather a try!

Thanks Kathi for being an inspiration for making this her new lifestlye! Who else is ready to make a change?

Health and Happiness!

Tina

tina@theholisticchick.com

Purification wrap-up (a little late!)

My Standard Process purification wrapped up a few weeks ago and time has not been on my side to post about it. So here’s how it went:

All-in-all I didn’t find staying on the program too difficult. The last few days of it were 4th of July weekend, so I had some mac-and-cheese at a party and then cheated a bit at our weekend in Edisto. The less I drank alcohol and the less I ate, the more I realized I did not miss it. I only lost 3 lbs, but honestly, I didn’t have a lot to detox in my organs, and I eat pretty clean, so that was to be expected. I still am dealing with a lot of the problems I had before, I’ll be working with someone to get to the root of the problem soon.

It’s been 2 weeks since I ended the detox and I found that having a few drinks or eating most foods, especially at a restaurant still makes me feel awful. Mark and I had a Sunday Funday last week. After a museum and a walk on King street we decided to go on a little pub crawl.
– We started with a beer and calamari at Amen Street…so tasty!
– then we went for the views and to soak up some sun and a Corona at the roof top bar at Market Pavilion
– we decided to keep it classy and go to the bar at Husk…a wheat beer from Holy City and some pickled fried green tomatoes were just amazing!
– After all that beer and food, we were hungry, so we went to the Bull Market on King for sandwiches. I figured I had so much wheat in the beer, who cares if I had bread too! Caprese sandwich was fresh and yummy, especially knowing I can’t have bread or cheese too often.

I actually didn’t feel bad until I woke up in the middle of the night with the sweats. For being cleansed and having 3 beers and restaurant food, I didn’t do too bad, but won’t be doing that for again for a while!

The pictures below are: Wine taps at Amen Street, View at Market Pavilion, my beer at Husk and the cute boutiques at Bull Street.

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This kid doesn’t stand a chance…

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We went to see a movie on the beach at Folly a few weeks ago.  We sat down to watch Goonies, with everyone’s favorite character “Chunk”, and I noticed this poor kiddo next to me who is already a bit of a chunk himself.  A big yellow fluorescent bottle of Powerade sat in the sand next to him while he had a bag of bright orange Doritos.  About a half hour later he had a handful of Cheetos, because I guess the first round of orange chemicals wasn’t quite enough.

Most people say “so what, they’re just kids, it doesn’t matter”.  Well that’s a whole other subject, but the thing I want to explore here is what do you think this kid has in front of him?

A life battling with his weight, disease and depression.  This is unacceptable!

We live in a world where people are constantly eating, but are malnourished.  My guess is that this kid is not being nourished all day.  He is on a life path to constantly eating because his body is constantly searching for what it needs, but cereal, snacks, sodas, candy, chicken nuggets and fries will never give you it.  A life of constantly eating that empty, nutrient deprived food will lead to obesity and all the effects of it: diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, fatigue and on and on….

Some people who eat like this don’t get fat, I was skinny when I was little and ate nothing good.  But look at this kids belly, he is not more than 7 and has excessive visceral fat all around his midsection.  Visceral fat surrounds the internal organs and is mainly a product of lifestyle choices.   You will see all the same problems that are associated with obesity…even if you are not overweight and even if you’re a kid.

Don’t set your kids up for these preventable diseases.  It’s YOUR choice parents.  I know you love your kids, show them by providing your kids with the proper tools to live a healthy life!

 

Days 7-10 of Purification

First week and a few days under my belt!  In some ways I feel better, however I am still frustrated with my bloated belly.  I noticed that eating really well and feeling really crappy still made me bitchy 🙂  A few things that seemed to set me off feeling bad were sweet potatoes baked in olive oil and salt and brown rice pasta with broccoli, olive oil and sea salt.  So I think I’ll stay off olive oil and salt for a few days and see if that makes a difference.

Food was typical smoothies and veggies listed in other posts.  We had spaghetti squash with capers, roasted peppers and onions and sautéed garlic and tomatoes .  I love all the veggies, but the squash made me want to gag a little after eating a big plate.  Guess that won’t be a staple in my diet!  It’s really pretty though…

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I have graduated rom taking 21 SP CLeanse everyday to now only having to take 10 SP greens.  I’m down 3 pounds, so 10 more to go to my goal!

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Days 3-6 Purification – Yummy food, a little cheating :)

Day 3 fell on a beautiful, sunny Friday.  We did your typical smoothies and Mark made a great dish for lunch: Lentils with roasted zucchini and squash and sautéed onion, carrots, bell pepper and kale.  Just a little olive oil, salt, pepper and some fresh oregano from the farm.

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Even though we were on IOP on that beautiful sunny day while everyone was drinking Coronas and Westbrook White Tai, I refrained.  Water, water, water…and I was ok with that because I was feeling crappy.

Saturday and Sunday I cheated a little, I must admit.  Again, great smoothies.  For dinner we went to Ms Roses in West Ashley to see Mark Jackson Music (my honey – see link below).  I had an amazing arugula salad with pomegranates and a cherry vinaigrette.  The cheating part came with the feta on top.  I ate it, and it was GOOD!  I felt fine after as well.  Sunday we were lucky enough to wake up with an ocean view at a friend’s house on Folly.  She is a hostess with the mostess!  Look at this spread…how could you not cheat a little?  Just a few sips of wine and I had to have some fresh shrimp right off the boat and grilled to perfection, that’s all!

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Monday I really didn’t feel like eating much.  I had some smoothies and a late night salad.  Salad was mixed arugula and greens with apple, honey, fresh squeezed lemon.  So simple and so delicious!

Tuesday I had to be at work by 8, so I ran out with just the shake (no smoothie with fruit and greens) and a bunch of fresh blueberries.  Again, I haven’t been too hungry, so it was fine until about 2.   We got a bunch of beautiful produce from the Mt P farmer’s market.  We also enjoyed some King Of Pops pops (I got Blood Orange Basil).  I had some pickle samples which I thought would have been fine.  Shortly after  I ate them I got bloated, achy, blah, blah…no more pickles for me, unless it’s Bubbies.

I made a super-delicious smoothie for dinner: beets, spinach, cilantro, 1/4 lemon, mixed frozen berries.  It’s beautiful too!  Oh, and just so you know, I hate beets and could never eat them.  I need them for my struggeling liver.  I’m so excited I can have them now!

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Links:

Mark Jackson Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/jaxonunplugged

Ms Roses: http://msroses.com/

King of Pops: http://charleston.kingofpops.net/

Day 2 Standard Process Purification

Some yummy smoothies to be had today.  I can definitely taste the SP cleanse in there, it make it a little powdery, but they are still good.

Breakfast smoothie my honey made for me: 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, kale, mixed berries and SP cleanse

Snack: leftover green beans, asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes

Lunch smoothie: orange, 1/4 lemon, spinach, drizzle of honey, mint and SP Cleanse

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45 minute bike ride

Dinner: spinach, tomato, cucumber, lemon and capers with a side of sweet potato

I’ve been getting a little shaky around 7, so I took some Gymnema to even out blood sugar.  Seems to work.  https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Gymnema-4g

45 minute walk

Late evening smoothie: spinach, cilantro, a few cubes of pineapple and SP cleanse.  It was a beautiful green color as well!

My belly is still real bloated.  I’m really hoping that diminishes soon.  I feel like if you stuck a pin in me I’d pop!!!

Day 1 of Standard Process Purification

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The Standard Process Purification System Day 1 has started great!  I typically start my morning with a smoothie, so the only difference here was the added SP Complete which offers whole food nutrition.  I also took a whole bunch of supplements.  See the above link for the protocol.  I added some extras too: probiotic, tuna oil and Catalyn which provides all the vitamins and minerals we need.

(The links haven’t been working, so try this: https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Standard-Process/Purification-Product-Kit-DF-Gastro-Fiber )

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Breakfast: 1/2 banana, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 lime, blueberries, big handful of kale, handful of cilantro, 2 scoops of SP Complete

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Lunch: smoothie ~ carrot, spinach, mint, a few frozen strawberries and 2 scoops SC Complete

Snack: cucumber

Pre-workout snack: banana

1 hour workout burning around 400 calories

Dinner: Mixed berries, mint and 2 scoops SP Complete, asparagus, green beans and onions sautéed with olive oil and sea salt

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Easy Peasy!  Here’s hoping the next 20 days are just as easy!  Below are a list of symptoms, measurements and pictures of what needs to change.

Symptoms:

excessive bloating, nausea, ravenous hunger, constant pain on left side of abdomen, constant ache in my throat/neck, low blood pressure, quick muscle fatigue, out-of-breath fast, irritable bowel, achiness, heart beats rapidly with salt intake, extreme pain and sickness sometimes after eating….oh yeah, and major brain fog…almost forgot that 🙂

*** With this being said, mind you that if I did not already eat clean and exercise regularly, I would most likely be obese with a whole host of major health problems.

Here’s my bloated belly:

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…and what’s going on with my neck.  It’s always been the source of sickness, now it’s just kinda hanging there…

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Throat issues: I had a lump in my throat it when I was little.  I remember the bubble gum medicine eventually made it go away.  In my 20’s it completely closed up, had to be rushed to the emergency room.  I was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  In my 30’s it was the start of sickness and would swell up.  In my 40’s..it has loose skin…really?  Ugh!

Weight: 128, really high for me.  I should be closer to 115, I’m 5’2.

Measurements: Neck 12.5, Chest 35, Waist 29, Belly 34, Hips 39.5, Thigh 22, Calves 13 and Arms 10.5

There, it’s all out there.  I hold my clients accountable, now I need you to hold me accountable! Thanks 🙂