The Dangers of GMO’s

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I’m sure a lot of you have been hearing the terms “GMO” and “Monsanto” lately. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are in many of the foods that we consume. The fact that we don’t have any idea if we are eating them or not is pretty unsettling. Monsanto is the worldwide company that manufactures these food products, and worse off they are protected by the Government. It has been recently banned in Europe, but not yet in North America.

Many are protesting to have GMO food labeling be put into place, as we have a right to know what we are consuming. GMOs are responsible for many negative side effects on the planet and in humans such as cancer, infertility, toxicity in the body…the list goes on.

Here is an informative article on GMO’s and it’s deceptive secrets:

Natural News: The evil of Monsanto and GMOs explained: Bad technology, endless greed and the destruction of humanity

Below is a list of companies that use Monsanto products. Stay informed!

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Mich

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Detox

It’s that time of the year again to shed some of those unwanted holiday pounds and to re-set the body for a fresh start to the year. I am a big fan of detoxing the body every few months or whenever you are feeling sluggish, heavy and tired. There are some crazy methods and cleanses out there such as drinking water, cayenne pepper and lemon juice for days? NOT GOOD! I believe in cleansing the body internally through whole foods.

Also, I would recommend investing in a high quality Juicer. Apart from detoxing, juicing at least once a day will help to boost your health and vitality

Detox - Babycupcakes Healthy Eats

Some benefits of detoxifying the body are:

  • weight loss
  • mental clarity
  • radiant skin
  • increased energy
  • improved immunity
  • better digestion

DETOX DIET PLAN

3 DAY DETOX

I will detox anywhere from 3 to 7 days. If I just want to do a 3 day detox it will consist of TONS of lemon water, fresh pressed juices, smoothies and homemade soup.

  1. Green Lemonade – juice together 1-2 apples, 1 peeled lemon and 2 bunches of kale (2 of these throughout the day)
  2. Green Smoothie – 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup berries, 1 cup spinach, flax and cinnamon
  3. Beet Juice  – juice together 1-2 apples, 3 carrots, 1.2 beet and ginger
  4. Pureed Vegetable Soup – sautee 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 4 stalks of chopped celery and 3 diced carrots in a bit of olive oil. Add 3 cups of frozen peas, 1 box of organic reduced sodium vegetable broth, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 min. Let cool and blend together in a blender or food processor. Add more salt & pepper to taste.

Days 2 and 3 will be the same with the addition of fresh salad, raw veggies and fruit.

Babycupcake's 3 Day Detox

7 DAY DETOX

For an amazing 7 day detox I always follow a cleanse I found online years ago by Gwentyh Paltrow’s doc Dr. Alejandro Junger. I have done so many different cleanses throughout the year’s and I always come back to this one! (Unless I am doing a full juice cleanse such as OTG3…which is the BOMB!)

This detox is for 7 days and is totally manageable. The first couple of days you may have a headache or feel extremely tired, but keep on truckin’! You will feel and look like a million bucks when you reach the finish line. You can find all of the recipes on her GOOP website. I sometimes substitute her soups for my own as well as my own green salad.

Day One

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water*
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
  • *Make sure that the coconut water has no added sugar. Fresh is ideal but the brands Zico or Vita Coco are readily available.

Day Two

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Detox Teriyaki Chicken and Steamed Greens
  • 4pm (snack): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 6pm (dinner): Pea and Basil Soup (follow method for Broccoli and Arugula Soup)

Day Three

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Oatmeal (make with rice or almond milk instead of water so it’s a bit more substantial)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 4pm (snack): Cucumber, Lime and Basil Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Super Greens Juice / Miso Soup with Watercress

Day Four

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of blueberries
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed Salmon and Greens

Day Five

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Peach and Almond Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Raw crudite (carrots, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini) withCarrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Day Six

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Mixed Greens with Steamed Salmon, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
  • 4pm (snack): Super Greens Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Detox Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, steamed zucchini

Day Seven

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Vegetables
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of almonds
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed fish, quinoa, roasted squash

 ENJOY!

Mich xo

Superfoods & Breakfast of Champs!

When I first started on my fitness journey I obtained a lot of my information from reading a ton of fitness magazines. From health, fitness, training and meal plans, you are always sure to find some amazing tips and trends that you can add to your daily routine.

For some great meal plan ideas and yummy recipes check out some of my articles in the latest issue of Inside Fitness Magazine on newsstands now 🙂

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits! It can assist in weight loss, stabilize blood sugar, help prevent acne, restore PH balance in the body…the list goes on! After my workout today (which was an ass kicking) at Temple Fitness with my trainer Luke Huntzinger, we had a great chat about nutrition, food products, macros and much more. We talked about apple cider vinegar and Luke is a also a big believer in the product as well. Make sure it is organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized and that it says “With the Mother” on the packaging. “Mother” is the Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. I use the Bragg brand.

The best way to include Apple Cider Vinegar in your daily diet is to take 1 to 2 tsps 3 times a day upon rising, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. You can mix with a small amount of water and chug it back or add to your salad in place of another vinegar. Forget the gimmick diets and weight loss pills on the market. Eat clean, exercise and get fit the natural way!

Mich xo

My Daily Go To Supplements

Hey everyone…TGIF! Thought I would let you in on my daily supplementation routine. There is an abundance of products out there on the market and I have managed to narrow it down to a few that I love and that work for me.

First off, I would highly suggest in taking a high quality multi-vitamin, omega-3 and probiotic daily. I am now also taking folic acid and extra vitamin D for fertility :). I use the USANA brand Health Pack’s and Omega’s. This brand in particular is one of the highest in quality in regards to vitamins and minerals.

Secondly is my pre-workout formula. My go to product is BIOSTEEL High Performance Sports Drink. I sip on this before and during my workouts…it increases my energy and focus without any harmful substances, helps stimulate muscle repair, is gluten free and vegan friendly as well. DRINK THE PINK!

Lastly is my post workout protein and greens. I use SUNWARRIOR Raw Vegan Protein, which is a plant based protein and is easy on my stomach and digestion. In addition to that I also use SUNWARRIOR Ormus Supergreens with phyto-nutrients. It is a raw, green superfood that is both alive and bio-available.

Mich xo