Why spend $4 on energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster when you can make your healthy energy drinks HOMEMADE own for pennies? In this video, Allison Ramsey, a Natural Health Practitioner, shares with us her favorite DIY Homemade Natural Energy Drink Recipe.
Besides, these natural ingredients also help cleanse your system and detoxes while giving you a boost of energy.
The primary ingredients in this homemade energy drink is turmeric, ginger and cayenne pepper.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric is also a natural anti-inflammatory and have tons of antioxidants. It also helps gives you a boost of energy without the typical energy drink crash.
Ginger is used in China for over 2,000 years. It also gives you a boost of energy and also helps with nausea and motion sickness.
Cayenne Pepper helps boost your metabolism and helps burn excess amounts of fats. It also helps soothes an upset stomach, sore throat, and well as has potential cancer fighting properties.
So in addition to getting tons of energy, this DIY Homemade Natural Energy Drink will also give you tons of health benefits as well!
To count or not to count… that is the question. I firmly believe If you are trying to lose weight, you should not calorie count because it could could be hurting your weight loss progress. With all the fitness bands out there like Fitbit and apps like Myfitnesspal, calorie counting is very popular. But just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is helpful towards your weight loss journey.
I recently tested out Myfitnesspal, after hearing many of my clients using it. Here is what happened…
I WAS OBSESSED WITH COUNTING CALORIES AND FOOD! All I could think about was what I ate, how many calories it had, what I can eat next, and how soon until my next meal. Food became an obsession. I was stressed over what I can eat and couldn’t eat. Because I couldn’t eat certain foods (because they were too high in calories), I started thinking about it, and stressing over it… and of course, stress leads to binge eating. Needless to say, counting calories did NOT help me lose weight. It took dieting to a whole new level … I became OCD with food. I thought about
After 4 days, I came to my senses and deleted the app. Here’s what I learned.
1) Calorie counters are great to teach you the calories of certain foods that you didn’t think had much calories… fyi, red wine has about 100 calories in a 4 oz pour. Who knew??
2) Calorie Counters help you understand what proper portion sizes are, since you have to track portion sizes along with logging the actual foods.
3) If you have a tendency to be obsessive, STAY AWAY FROM CALORIE COUNTERS. It will cause you to have more cravings, since you are constantly thinking about food.
If you can use a calorie counter and not obsessive over food, fantastic! If you are like me, here is a great alternative. Use a food diary instead and write down your meals. It causes you to stay accountable without going overboard. Writing it down and reviewing it daily gives you an idea what you are eating. I recommend writing down the emotion you are feeling before and after eating. This will help you figure out why you are eating certain types of foods (sweets, salty…etc) and if you are truly hungry, bored, or if you are eating because of a particular emotion. For most of us, eating is caused by an emotion, filling a void or using it as a reward to make us feel better. Aim to use other ways to reward yourself instead of food. It could be a relaxing walk with friends, taking a long bath, or reading a good book. Developing healthy habits is the key to successful weight loss.
What are you thoughts on calorie counters? Have they helped you or hurt you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Living a healthy lifestyle involves planning ahead. To make healthy meals at home involves meal planning for the week, grocery shopping, cooking, and preparing your meals in advance. Whether you are trying to get in shape, lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, traveling often makes it more challenging. Often times my clients will be doing great at home, but when they have to travel for work or go on vacation, they get off track. It’s hard to make healthy food choices when there isn’t as many healthy food options.
Eating Healthy on the Road
Recently, I’ve been traveling more and have found some easy healthy snacks that are widely available, from convenient stores to the airport. However, it can be challenging to figure out what is actually healthy and what is not, especially when it”sounds healthy”. I’ll go over the most widely available foods and snacks and go over their healthy rating.
1) Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad
Most places make the salads with real mayo, which is filed with saturated fats, making this otherwise healthy option into an “okay” choice. In a 5 0z tuna salad with real mayo and bread, you will have about 40 grams of fat and almost 700 calories. There’s plenty of protein, but because of the fat content from the mayo, it isn’t the best healthy for you. If there is a low fat or fat free mayo option, then by all means, go for it, because it would be a 10.
With Real Mayonnaise: HEALTHY RATING: 6
With Fat Free Mayonnaise: HEALTHY RATING: 10
Depending on the types of bread, a sandwich could be a sugar feast. White sugar, hidden as carbohydrates, are filled with empty calories. If you add in real mayo, it is even worse. If you are trying to eat healthy, look for whole wheat or while grain options with at least 3 grams of fiber power serving. Stay away from thick breads like cibatta since they are filled with empty calories. If you can, skip the cheese and it becomes even healthier. Use mustard for flavor. And add some fresh fruit or vegetables to make it a complete meal.
Thick Bread: HEALTHY RATING: 4
Whole Wheat Bread: HEALTHY RATING: 7
Salads are great choices when you are on the road, but skip the croutons because they are filled with empty calories. Add in a protein source like chicken or quinoa or beans and you have a healthy meal. Just make sure you choose a vinaigrette based dressing. Dressings can take an otherwise healthy salad and turn it into a fatty meal if you pick the wrong kind. A trick I picked up to get great flavor without the calories is to just do my fork into the dressing before I take a bite of salad. This allows me to use just the right amount of dressing and save all the empty calories.
HEALTHY RATING: 9-10
Wraps are a good choice when it comes to grabbing a quick meal. Many wraps are made with chicken salad or tuna salad. Try to look for chicken breast or turkey and stay away from breaded meats and anything with ranch sauce. Look for wraps with more filling. If you can, skip the cheese and you will avoid a lot of the fat. Hummus adds allot of flavor to the wrap. Avocado is also a great flavor booster. Look for wraps with lots of vegetables to boost the healthy rating. Also, try to find whole wheat wraps to boost fiber.
HEALTHY RATING: 6
Hummus is a great option for a filling snack, especially if it is served with vegetable sticks. Look for celery or carrots. If possible, ask if you can get an extra serving of vegetables with the hummus. If it is served with pita chips, keep in mind you will getting a double dose of carbs, so add in some vegetables or fruit to balance it out.
With Chips: HEALTHY RATING: 7
With Veges: HEALTHY RATING: 10
Fresh fruits are one of the best choices you can make to eat healthy when you are traveling. I love bring apples and oranges with me because they are easy to transport and are more “squash proof”. I love bring bananas, but make sure you don’t put heavy items on top of it. Once I put a banana in my purse and forgot it was there. Needless to say, my purse smelled like bananas for a couple of days. If you can have some protein such as a hard boiled egg or string cheese with it, it would be more satisfying and keep you fuller longer.
HEALTHY RATING: 10
Nuts can be a healthy snack that is high in fiber and has good fats. The best type of nuts to eat are raw unroasted nuts like raw almonds or cashews. If you can only find roasted nuts, those are the second best. Avoid flavored nuts… they are like candy or chips, full of sugar, salt and it is hard to exercise self control. Keep in mind, nuts are very high fat, so just a handful will do. Eat it with some fruit or vegetables and it would be a nice snack.
HEALTHY RATING: 9
Try to stay away from muffins, pizzas, fried foods, and breaded meats. If there is a Mexican place with tacos, you can still do pretty well with getting a taco without cheese and sour cream. With all the temptations out there, being prepared is the best way to prevent you from making bad food choices. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. We often mistaken thirst for hunger.
What are you favorite travel food? I’d love to hear from you.
During the holiday season, there are lots of parties, get togethers, and dinner. And everywhere you turn, there will be tons of food, high calorie appetizers, and alcohol. Most people gain anywhere from 2-3 pounds during the holiday season and doesn’t lose it. Each year, the additional weight adds up, and 5 years later, you will have gained any where from 10 to 15 pounds. In this video, I share with my good friend and host of the show “Your Daily Dose of Inspiration” how to avoid weight gain during the holidays, as well as 5 easy tips to a healthier you.
With the holidays around the corner, things can get stressful pretty quickly. Being stressed out is not only harmful for you mentally, but stress also causes weight gain. Cortisol, the hormone your body release when you are stressed, causes an increase in appetite. For many of us, that’s when we reach for the comfort foods. For me, that’s a stuff crust pizza, and we all know they are loaded with calories. The combination of being stressed and more hungry results in weight gain. Every holiday, most of us put on some holiday weight, around 1-3 pounds a year. It doesn’t sound too bad, but the problem is most people never lose the extra weight. After a few years, the pounds add up.
So what can you do about it? Relax! Yep, it is that simple. I have an easy beginner yoga session that will help you relax this holiday season. My good friend and yoga guru Nydia Darby, from Nydia’s Yoga Therapy created a practice especially for us to help relax this season. She is a Physical Therapist and Yoga Guru and she will lead us through a very easy and effective yoga practice that is only 12 minutes long. It is perfect to help you relax, recenter, and find you happy place during the holiday rush.
Beginner Yoga for Stress Relief
This holiday, take some time for yourself and relax. Taking care of yourself allows you to be more effective of taking care of others. If you are stressed, you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones as well as you could if you were calm and happy. A big part of being fit and healthy involves taking care of yourself, whether it is through working out, eating clean, or relaxing. Make sure to take a few minutes each day and get some “me” time. =)
Halloween is around the corner and there will be candy. But if you are gluten sensitive, what candy is safe for you to eat? If you are suffering from gluten allergies or gluten sensitivity, you are not alone. About six percent of the US population, an estimate of 18 million people, have gluten sensitivity based on reports from celiac centers. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea, constipation, muscular disturbances, headaches, migraines, severe acne, fatigue, and bone or joint pain. And none of those symptoms would be a fun way to spend your Halloween night.
For those of you who are not familiar with what gluten is, gluten is a protein found in dough and it’s what gives it elasticity to help it rise and shape. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Many foods we eat every day has gluten, including pasta, bread, noodles, and candy.
So what do you do if you have a sweet tooth but suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? Here is a list of gluten free candy for the next time you have a sweet tooth.
Gluten Free Candy
3 Musketeers fun size
3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolate
-Act II Popcorn Balls
-Albert’s Gummy Eyeballs
-Albert’s Iced Halloween pops – Alien Pop, Baseball Pop, Basketball Pop, Boo Pop, Carousel Pop, ColorBlaster Pop, Football Pop, Happy Heart Pop, Hoppin’ Pop, Lickin’ Lips Pop, Lolliday Pop, Lollinotes, Pop-A-Bear, Soccer Pop, Alien Glow Pop, Buggin’ Glow Pop, Burstin Bits, and
-Altoids (except for Altoids Smalls Peppermint)
-Amanda’s Own Confections Chocolate shapes and chocolate lollipops
-Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit snacks
-Applehead, Grapehead, Cherryhead
-Baby Ruth original and fun size
-Barrels of Candy
-Bazooka Big Mix (includes bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops)
-Bazooka Ring Pops
-Bazooka Push Pops
-Bazooka Baby Bottle Pops
-Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Wicked Webs Berry Wave mini feet
-Betty Crocker Halloween fruit flavored snacks, including Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll–ups, and Mini Rolls
-Bit O Honey
-Big Blow Bubblegum
-Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas
-Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers
-Bubbly lollipop and gum
-Butterfinger bar, original and fun size
-Cadbury Adams Swedish Fish
-Cadbury Adams Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Extreme
-Candy Checkers, Target Brand
-Caramel Apple Pops (made by Tootsie Roll)
-Charleston Chew original and fun size
-Charms Blow Pops and Blow Pop Minis – may contain milk or soy
-Charms Candy Carnival Package – Blow Pops, Sugar Babies, Zip a Dee mini pops, Sugar -Daddy, Pops, Sugar Mama Caramel, Tear Jerkers sour bubble gum, Blow Pop Bubble – may contain milk or soy
-Charms Fluffy Stuff Spider Web cotton candy
-Chewy Atomic Fireballs
-Chewy Lemonheads and Friends
-Chupa Chups Fruit Lollipops
-Circus Peanuts by Spangler
-Colombina Scary Eyeballs bubblegum
-Colombina Fizzy Pops
-Comix Mix Candy Sticks – Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Scooby
-Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye
-Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts
-Crispy Cat Mint Coconut Candy Bar
-Crispy Cat Toasted Almond Candy Bar
-Crispy Cat Chocolate Marshmallow Candy Bar
-Disney Halloween Candy Mix – jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story
-Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots, Ghost Dots, and Bat Dots
-Dove pieces – Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel, milk Chocolate
-Dubble Bubble bubblegum
-Dum Dum Chewy Pops
Dum Dum Lollipops (including Shrek Pops)
-Farley’s Kiddie Mix – Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops
-Ferrara Pan Caramels
-Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix – including Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots
-Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks
-Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit
-Frankford’s Bugs Gummy Candy
-Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts
-Frankford’s Marshmallow Pals
-Fun Dip Sour
-Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue)
-Goldenberg’s peanut chews
-Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies)
-Gummy Brush Paint Shop
-Gummy Pirate Choppers
-Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar and snack size – contains almonds
-Hershey’s Bliss (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with –Meltaway Center, White Chocolate with Meltaway Center, Milk Chocolate with Raspberry Meltaway Center, Dark Chocolate)
-Hershey’s Kisses (Candy Corn flavored candy, Caramel, Caramel Apple flavored filling, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Meltaway, Pumpkin Spice, Hugs, Hugs & Kisses, Cherry Cordial Creme, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Special Dark)
-Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and snack-size bars
-Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds snack-size bars
-Hershey’s Nuggets (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, Special Dark, Special Dark with Almonds)
-Hot Tamales Spray
-Hubba Bubba Gum
-Humphrey Popcorn Balls
-Ice Cream Dipper (Blue Raspberry, Strawberry)
-Jelly Belly beans – gluten–free, dairy–free
-Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy
-Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops and Fruit Chews
-Jr. Mints fun size – may contain eggs
-Just Born Jelly Beans
-Just Born marshmallow treats
-Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks
-Kraft Jet–Puffed Boo Mallows and Ghost Mallows
-Kraft Swedish Fish
-Kraft Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Extreme
-Laffy Taffy Plain, Stretchy & Tangy and Rope
-LifeSavers Gummies including Big Ring Gummies, Sweet ‘n’ Sour, and Scary Assortment
-Lollipop Paint Shop
-M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter
-Mars M&M’s – except pretzel M&M’s
-Mars Dove chocolate products
-Mars Munch Nut bar
-Mars Snickers, Snickers Dark bars, fun size and mini’s – may contain almonds
-Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine)
-Melster Peanut Butter Kisses
-Mike and Ike
-Mike and Ike Spray
-Mini Sour Dudes Straws
-Monstaz Pops (jack–o–lantern lollipops)
-Monster Hunt plastic monster eggs filled with candy bones, skulls and pumpkins (made for Target)
-Mounds dark chocolate fun size bars
-Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar
-Necco Mary Janes
-Necco Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses – does contain peanuts
-Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts (available for Valentine’s Day only)
-Necco Canada Mint & Wintergreen Lozenges
-Necco Haviland Thin Mints and Candy Stix
-Necco Clark Bars
-Necco Haviland Peppermint & Wintergreen Patties
-Necco Candy Eggs
-Necco Talking Pumpkins (available at Halloween only)
-Necco Squirrel Nut Caramels and Squirrel Nut Zippers
-Necco Banana Split and Mint Julep Chews
-Nestle Milk Chocolate fun size bars
-Nestle Baby Ruth
-Nestle Butterfinger (NOT Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx)
-Nestle Goobers – does contain peanuts
-Nestle Nips (both regular and sugar–free)
-Nestle Oh Henry!
-Nestle Raisinets – made on equipment that processes peanuts
-Nestle Wonka Pixy Stix
-Nestle Wonka Laffy Taffy
-Nestle Wonka Lik–M–Aid Fun Dip
-Nestle Wonka Spree
-Nik-L-Nip wax bottles with juice
-Now and Later
-Operation Gummy Candy
-Palmer Peanut Butter Cups – does contain peanuts
-Pay Day peanut caramel bar snack size
-Pearson’s Bun candy – maple and roasted peanuts
-Pearson’s Mint Patties,
-Pearson’s Nut Goodies
-Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls
-Peeps Jack–o–lanterns, Ghosts, Peeps Pumpkins and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free”
-Pez candy – “Gluten Free”
-Popcorn Expressions Kettle Corn Snack Bags
-Pure Fun Halloween Pure Pops
-Rain Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror
-Razzles candy gum
-Reese’s Fast Break candy bars and snack size
-Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures
-Reese’s Select Peanut Butter Cremes
-Reese’s Select Clusters
-Riviera Spooky Candy Rings
-Rolo chocolate covered caramels
-Skeleton Pops (lollipops)
-Skittles includes Original, Sour, Wild Berry, Fizzl’d Fruits, and Crazy Core, including fun-size
-Smarties – (the small pastel–colored candies sold in rolls and made by Ce De). Also Candy Money, Candy Necklace, Easter Smarties, Giant Smarties, Giant Smarties Pops, Love Hearts, Mega Smarties, Smarties in a Pouch, Tropical Smarties, Smarties Double Lollies, Smarties Mega Lollies, Smarties Parties, Smarties Pops, and X-TREME Sour Smarties. Manufacturer states: These products contains NO: gluten, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy. (US only, NOT gluten-free in Canada).
-Snickers Fudge bar
-Spooky Candy Rings (eyeballs, Frankenstein heads and other shapes on rings)
-Starburst Fruit Chews and fun-size
-Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts
-Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops
Super Bubble bubble gum
-Surf Sweets Gummy Worms
-Surf Sweets Gummy Swirls
-Surf Sweets Gummy Bears
-Surf SweetsFruity Bears
-Surf Sweets Jelly Beans
-Surf Sweets Sour Worms
-Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
-Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight -Saga, New Moon the movie)
-Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy
-Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops
-Tootsie Pops – original and mini
-Tootsie Rolls Midgies and snack bars
-Transformers Canpeasron’s salted nut rolldy Mix – gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks
-Twist and Glow, Twist and Glow Heart, Twist and Glow Pumpkin
-Warheads – Extreme Sour hard candy and Sour QBZ chewy cubes
-Wonka Chocolate Laffy Taffy
-Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds Jelly Beans
-Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
-Wonka Gobstopper Everlasting
-Wonka Gobstopper Chewy
-Wonka Fruit Tart Chews
-Wonka Fun Dip and Fun Dip Sour
-Wonka Laffy Taffy Ropes
-Wonka Monster Mix–Ups – SweetTarts Skulls and Bones, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy
-Wonka Nerds – carry a cross contamination warning on the Spooky Nerds orange and fruit punch flavors
-Wonka Pixy Stix
-X–scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers
-York Peppermint Patties
-Zed Candy Skulls and Bones
I’d love to hear what your favorite gluten free candy is. My favorite is York Peppermint Patties. What’s yours?