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>Mayo Who?

'Mayo' DressingMayo may be one of the most versatile condiments ever created, but it’s also one of the unhealthiest. Traditional mayonnaise is loaded with bad fat, cholesterol and sodium, and only 1 tablespoon has about 90 calories. If you’re going to devote 90 calories to a condiment, shouldn’t it at least be good for you? One of the biggest challenges folks face when adopting a healthier diet is giving up condiments and the foods that require accoutrements. Well, if you’re ready to end your friendship with mayo, you have a lot of exciting alternatives to try out.

 

>Cashew Mayo – It may seem strange that a nut can be used as mayo, but the versatility of cashews is unbelievable. They can be used to make everything from cheesecake to a creamy soup base, and of course, they can also be used to make a healthy and flavorful mayo. You can make it yourself in minutes. Blend 1 cup soaked raw cashews, 1/4 cup vegetable broth and 2 tablespoons squeezed lemon juice until creamy. Season with salt, or for a unique flavor, add rosemary, thyme, tarragon, or dill. Not sure if you’ll like cashew mayo? Try a Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap from Organic Avenue. It has carrots, broccoli, almonds, dried cranberries and cashew mayo wrapped in a collard leaf.

>Guacamole – You can make guacamole with avocado, diced tomato and red pepper, juice from lime or lemon, and a pinch of pepper. Alternately, you can just smash an avocado and add a bit of sea salt and pepper for a creamy spread or dip.

>Hummus – This is a great mayo-substitute for the health conscious. Chickpeas are loaded with fiber, protein and vitamins. Store bought varieties often contain extra oil and salt, so make your own when you can.

>Coconut Yogurt – Craving a mayo-based dish like coleslaw or potato salad? As an alternative, blend plain coconut yogurt with olive oil. You can also add dill or garlic powder for a hint of spice.

>Tahini – Many think tahini is just an ingredient in hummus, but it’s delicious enough to stand on its own. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and loaded with nutrients. You can use it plain, or puree it with lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper.

>Mustard – Your best mustard options are going to be from organic and non-GMO brands. The vinegar in mustard helps lower blood sugar, while the turmeric boasts excellent antioxidant properties.

>Vegan Mayo – If you are looking for something easy to keep on-hand, check out a vegan mayo alternative. Vegenaise is a popular one made from brown rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Look for the soy-free version made with pea protein. Just Mayo is another clean alternative to the traditional brands.

>Pesto – A little basil and olive oil can really do amazing things for a cracker or sandwich. You can also get creative and swap the basil for arugula for a zestier flavor.

>Tzatziki – For a Mediterranean-inspired flavor, you can’t beat Tzatziki, a dip made from yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Use plain coconut yogurt for a healthier, plant-based version.

>Valentine’s Day: Love Your Body

Love yourself in wood typeWhether you have a sweetheart, or not, you should be the number one person on your Valentine’s Day shopping list. Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what love could possibly be more important than self-love? Some wait until spring to think about getting in shape, but never take steps to become healthier from the inside-out. Others assume they are healthy because they work out and are lean and toned, but health goes beyond the physical appearance. Give yourself the gift of health this Valentine’s Day by giving your body what it truly needs.

 

Listen to Your Body

One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to follow an exact “plan” that has worked for others. Everybody is different, so every individual body has unique needs. Just because someone who is the exact same height and weight as you recommends something does not mean it is automatically right for you. Maybe you are more active than them. Perhaps they have a thyroid problem. There are endless variables that make your needs unique, so it is vital that you learn to listen to what your body is telling you.

Your body uses cravings and symptoms to make sure dietary needs are met. That being said, if you are addicted to something unhealthy, like refined sugar, you are going to go through withdrawals to get it out of your system. Your brain will tell you it wants sugar because of withdrawals, not because your body needs it. Learning to tell the difference between a legitimate nutritional craving and an unhealthy message that should be ignored comes with time.

Truthfully, once you completely detox, and know what it feels like to be clean, you will be more in touch with your body’s needs.

 

Start with a Detox

If you are serious about achieving optimal health, and you want to be in tune with what your body needs, you will start with a juice cleanse. After a detox you become very much aware how every piece of food makes you feel. If foods are making you tired or causing a foggy brain, your body is giving you these signs for a reason. A simple three- or five-day cleanse, like Organic Avenue’s Go Green cleanse, is all it takes to reset your senses and clean your system. A lot of people choose to do a cleanse monthly or seasonally to start fresh and get on track. Your body will tell you when you need one again.

 

Break the Rules

Since you were young, you have probably been told to eat three meals a day or to not eat after a certain time at night. Maybe you have a list of breakfast-appropriate foods that has been drilled into your mind. You can break these rules. If your body tells you it needs soup for breakfast, fruit for lunch, and oatmeal for dinner, this is what you should eat.

>Post-Workout Recovery with Plant-Based Eating

Dumbell and green smoothieIf you’re a newbie just beginning a fitness regimen, or even a longtime gym enthusiast, you may have this question: what are the best foods to consume after my workout? Many folks are unsure if they should eat light or heavy, carbs or protein, or just keep it liquid. Since everyone’s body is very different, and we all work out at varying levels of intensity, the answer may be different for everyone. However, one thing that can’t be disputed is the effectiveness of consuming plant-based foods after a workout.

 

 

We’ve got you covered with some of the healthiest ways to repair and refuel. These noshes will help you feel better, look better and get ready for your next gym session.

 

HYDRATION IS KEY

As you perspire on that spin bike or sweat it out during that intense dance cardio routine, your body is losing electrolytes that must be replaced. Electrolytes not only help to regulate the body’s fluids, they’re also key for balancing the body’s pH and promoting optimal muscle function. Coconut Water is our go-to. Often dubbed ‘nature’s sports drink,’ coconut water contains a high level of electrolytes, specifically the mineral potassium (which is why it’s also a great hangover cure). The natural sugar in coconut water is mostly glucose as opposed to fructose, so it will give you a post-gym energy boost without a dreaded crash. Much better than the high fructose corn syrup-laden beverages out there.

In addition to Coconut Water, green juice, like OA’s signature Green Love, is a fantastic post-workout beverage. Not only hydrating, the chlorophyll in the greens helps build red blood cells, which supply oxygen to your muscles. It’s important to go green daily, but after the gym, you may also want to include a red juice, containing beets, like our famous Royal Red. Emerging research shows that beet juice also improves oxygen flow to muscles, boosting athletic performance and aiding in recovery.

 

PLANT-BASED PROTEIN

Protein is essential to rebuild muscle following an exercise session. Most fitness experts recommend consuming protein about 30-45 minutes after your workout. Get your pure water, coconut water and/or green juice down the hatch first, wait a half hour and then grab a protein-rich meal. It’s possible to get more than enough protein from vegan sources. Some of our favorite options include nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts, seeds such as pumpkin, chia and hemp seeds, and high-quality grains like quinoa and brown rice. Quinoa, chia seeds and hemp seeds happen to be complete proteins, containing all 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. These foods are much easier for the body to break down and assimilate nutrients from than denser animal proteins.

For optimal benefits, consume a protein source alongside an alkaline vegetable, like a dark, leafy green. Greens are the healthiest complex carbs around and also great protein sources. Not only will the water-containing veggies help you better digest the protein, they aid in balancing your blood’s pH back to an alkaline state (7.38 on the pH scale). Strenuous exercise creates an acidic environment in your body. If you don’t neutralize the acid with what you eat, your body will leech calcium from your bones and nitrogen from your muscle tissue to neutralize it. Skip the processed whey or soy protein power and energy bars and stick to whole foods. If you’re working out during your lunch break or any moment you’re pressed for time, you can make a smoothie as a quick meal replacement ahead of time. Infuse fresh greens and/or whole fruit with a protein source like hemp seeds or brown rice protein powder in pure water or a nut mylk. If you’re able to have a sit-down meal, some of the best options are a green salad with a whole grain, like the OA Kale Quinoa Salad or veggies with nuts and seeds, like our Sunflower Falafel Salad and Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap.

When choosing a post-exercise meal, there’s no need for complicated recipes, exotic ingredients or hard-to-find supplements. Just by sticking to high-quality, organic plant-based foods, your body will get everything it needs to recover and reach the next level of fitness and overall wellness.

>Valentine’s Day Activities for a Healthier Partnership

Hands in form of heartFebruary 14th is not too far away, and for those of us in a relationship this winter, we’re probably trying to plan the perfect romantic evening with our partner and/or a meaningful gift to surprise him or her with. While the classic dinner and wine at a romantic restaurant is never a bad choice, there are more creative routes to explore—especially when it can be difficult to score a reservation, and not to mention, significantly more expensive than a typical night out.

If you’re a couple committed to a healthy lifestyle, or partners looking to establish beneficial habits together in the New Year, why not use this day to strengthen your love for each other through the love of wellness?

Check out our top picks for a fun and healthy Valentine’s Day.

 

Let’s Get Physical

As Olivia Newton-John sang in her 1981 hit, “let me hear your body talk,” relationship experts agree that couples that work out together establish synchronicity, resulting in better communication and commitment to shared goals. An added bonus, which may not be much of a surprise, is stronger sexual desire and performance, as exercise increases self-esteem. Ditch the bottle of vino and head to a yoga class (kundalini helps specifically in this department). Alternatively, plan a romantic night ice-skating together outdoors in the crisp winter air—ideally followed by sipping hot cacao in front of a fireplace, if you’re so lucky to have access to a hearth.

 

Connect in the Kitchen

One of our favorite childhood authors, E.B. White, beautifully expressed, “On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it.” Instead of dining out, spend Valentine’s Day at home, creating a delicious and nourishing meal with your partner. A study from the University of Maryland proves performing an action of sharing with a positive intention enhances the recipient’s pleasure. This includes the injection of love into food preparation. Pick a healthy recipe to make together, and use the kitchen as a space to express your amorous feelings toward each other. If you’re lacking skills in the culinary department, surprise your partner with a cooking class and learn from a pro—a great way to strengthen your bond through teamwork.

In addition, many plant-based ingredients are natural aphrodisiacs, so you may want to try a recipe incorporating foods like leafy greens, pumpkin seeds and coconut. Some foods not only increase sex drive, but also enhance body fluids essential for sexual activity, such as eggplant, seaweed, chia and okra. Don’t forget to make a cacao-based treat for dessert (before the main dessert, of course), like your own version of our famous Chocolate Mousse.

 

Cleanse as a Couple

A great way to support each other’s health is to embark on a cleanse together—whether it’s an all-juice program, like our Love Deep, or a regimen that incorporates clean, plant-based foods as well. The gift of a cleanse will not only take your wellbeing to the next level individually, but also strengthen the health of your relationship. Many of our veteran cleansers report higher energy, clearer thinking and a glowing complexion. How could those benefits not have a positive impact on your partnership?  For couples planning to use the Valentine’s season as an opportunity to start a family, pre-conception cleansing is beneficial for both partners to ensure healthy, clean sperm and eggs to create healthy babies.

Even if you plan on enjoying an indulgent night on the 14th, transition into a cleanse the following day, focusing primarily on whole, plant-based foods like fruit smoothies, raw salads and steamed vegetables. You can still incorporate nuts and seeds and whole grains as desired in the transition period. After a few days, if you’re both ready, switch to an all-liquid program for maximum results. When transitioning back to normal eating post-juice cleanse, keep the veggie intake high. You’ll likely be inspired to eliminate some of the heavier, processed foods that may have been in your diet previously. Keep each other accountable with fresh recipe ideas and new suggestions of restaurants with clean menu options.

Cheers (with Green Love, of course) to a stronger, healthier relationship this year!

XOXO,

Organic Avenue

>Winter Blues? Here Are Some Helpful Nutrients

snow covered Central ParkA large percentage of the population gets the winter blues, but believe it or not, changing the way you feel can be as simple as giving your body certain nutrients. When it is cold outside most eat more comfort food, like biscuits and gravy for breakfast, cream-based soups for dinner, and warm apple pie for dessert. Not to mention, coffee intake is increased because you want to sip on a hot beverage. Suddenly your body is being deprived of the nutrients it was getting all summer from your breakfast smoothie and veggie-loaded salads for dinner. These vitamins/minerals play a huge role in your mood. Plus, there are a few extra nutrients that can make you feel a little more positive that aren’t always easily consumed in the average diet.

 

  • Walnuts – Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a happy brain. Not a walnut fan? No problem! Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are all great sources.
  • Apples – Apples are loaded with fiber to keep your energy levels steady. The great thing about apples is they can be packed in your briefcase, school bag, purse, etc. They are truly the most convenient fruit to eat.
  • Berries – Fresh berries help prevent the body from releasing cortisol, which is a hormone that affects your mood.
  • Lentils – These versatile pieces of yummy goodness are packed with folic acid, which is used to create serotonin. Lentils can be eaten plain or used in a wide variety of recipes. Other foods full of folic acid include leafy greens, black-eyed peas, oranges, oatmeal, and sunflower seeds.
  • Nutritional Yeast – Low levels of B12 are associated with depression. Non-vegans get B12 in a number of animal-derived foods, but there are few vegan sources. Nutritional yeast happens to be one of these rare treasured sources. It comes as a powder or flake form and tastes like cheese, so sprinkle it on everything from salads to steamed vegetables.
  • Bananas – Start your morning with a banana, and see how different you feel when you get to the office. Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan, which calms the nerves. It also has natural sugar for energy and potassium to fuel your brain. As a bonus, bananas are full of magnesium, which reduces anxiety and improves sleep patterns.
  • Herbs – Valerian root, St. John’s wart, lemon balm, rosemary, chamomile, and kratom are all recommended to help fight the winter blues.

 

Need an Easy Fix?

Are you always on the run, and just don’t have time to prepare meals 100 percent of the time? Maybe you are so busy in meetings or taking care of the kids all day that you are lucky to even eat lunch. Keep Organic Avenue’s Booster 6-Pack on-hand. One of these quick shots will supply you with vital nutrients your body needs to get through the day.

>Super-healthy Super Bowl Snacks

As game day approaches, many are looking forward to watching their favorite team crush the competition, or that pop star work it out during the halftime show. Others (us included) are anticipating the food they’ll enjoy during the festivities.

We’re well aware that traditional Super Bowl fare is not always the best for our bodies and can be an easy way to blow that New Year’s resolution. If you’re hosting the party, try to balance out the unhealthy staples with plant-based options that will be equally, if not more, pleasing to the palate. If you’re a guest, make sure to bring a healthy dish to stay in your personal end zone throughout each quarter. If you need a bit of recipe inspiration, below are four of our favorite game time noshes.

 

4-Ingredient Guacamole

Made from avocado, nature’s perfect food (fiber, healthy fat and protein), guacamole is our go-to. Stick to crudité instead of processed chips for dipping—red bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, etc. One of our favorite chip alternatives is peeled and sliced raw sweet potato (garnet or jewel varieties).

 

Ingredients:

  • Flesh of 3 ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of Himalayan pink or sea salt

 

Directions:

  • Mash ingredients together in your favorite bowl.
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to serving.

 

Cauliflower & Almond Pizza  

This is an entirely plant-based version of the popular grain-alternative crust. Top with your favorite organic marinara sauce, cashew cheese and veggies. We love spinach, broccoli and sliced Kalamata olives on ours. Feel free to bake multiple crusts ahead of time and freeze them until game day.

 

Ingredients:Cauliflower Pizza

  • 1 pound cauliflower florets
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning (or a mix of dried garlic and oregano)

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until a rice-like texture is achieved.
  • Pour the cauliflower ‘rice’ into a pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the liquid, and then lay the cooked cauliflower rice on the center of a dishtowel to cool.
  • In the meantime, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water in a small bowl to create an ‘egg.’ Let it thicken for 5 minutes.
  • Once the ‘rice’ has cooled, squeeze it in the dishtowel to remove all of the excess liquid.
  • Place the ‘rice’ in a large bowl, then add in the flax ‘egg’, the almond meal, the extra tablespoon of ground flaxseeds, salt, and pizza seasoning.
  • Stir well, and transfer to the baking sheet to shape into a crust.
  • Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes.
  • Flip the crust using an extra sheet of parchment, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Add your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 5-10 minutes longer.

 

Simple Vegan Chili

If you’re unable to make it to an OA store to pick up our popular Three Bean Chili, here’s a similar protein-packed recipe you can whip up in your own kitchen. Serve with your favorite whole grain or gluten-free bread.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pinto beans (15oz), drained
  • 1 can kidney beans (15oz), drained
  • 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

  • In a large soup pot, sauté the onion, red bell pepper and garlic in the melted coconut oil.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, vegetable broth, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the pinto and kidney beans.
  • Cook for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bliss

Super Bowl Sunday would not be complete without something sweet to celebrate, or help you forget, the outcome of the game. These are gluten-free brownies conveniently portioned in a muffin tin.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¾ cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (we like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and coat an 8-cup muffin tin with coconut oil, or use paper liners.
  • Mix together 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water in a small bowl to create an ‘egg.’ Let it thicken for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, flax ‘egg’, coconut sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt and cacao powder. Add the flour, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop batter evenly into each cup of the muffin tin until 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350°F for 22-26 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let the brownies cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

>Benefits of a Juice Cleanse

Some people hear the term “juice cleanse,” and either assume it is a fad or it is the same thing as fasting. Neither assumption is true. Unlike a fast that deprives your system of essential nutrients, a juice cleanse fills you with antioxidants and leaves you healthier than when you started. You probably know at least one person who is constantly raving about their latest cleanse, which has you interested, but you are still wondering why the process is so beneficial. Below are a few benefits you have to look forward to.

 

Break Unhealthy HabitsLove fast juices and booster shot

One of the reasons juice cleanses are commonly done prior to a healthy lifestyle change is because they help break bad eating habits. Food takes approximately 18 hours to flow through your system. A juice cleanse rids your body of that refined sugar you just can’t get enough of. You will end the cleanse with increased awareness of your food selections, and how they make you feel.

 

Increased Energy

You may expect to be dragging on a juice cleanse, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how energized you will feel. Understand that if your system is really toxic, you will likely feel sluggish on the second day. This is a good thing! Your liver is moving toxins out of your body. By day three, you will feel amazing with  a ton of energy to burn. This is a great jumpstart to a new fitness routine.

Greens tend to boost energy levels the most, which is why the Go Green cleanse at Organic Avenue is so popular.

 

Healthy Hair and Radiant Complexion

When your system is full of toxins it isn’t able to reap the full benefits of healthy fruits and veggies you may already be eating every day. Those essential nutrients that are digested are used where they are needed most. Trace amounts left over are shared with “less vital” elements, like your skin, hair, and nails.

A juice cleanse gives your body a tune-up and cleans out the toxins, so nutrients are then able to be used to their full potential. This means you will have glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails.

 

Other Benefits

Although the above benefits are the ones most people can’t stop talking about, a juice cleanse returns a ton of other benefits, such as:

  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased mental clarity
  • A regulated, nourished colon
  • Reduced allergies
  • Balanced nervous system
  • Harmonized cellular biochemistry
  • Breathing feels fuller, deeper, and easier
  • Brightened eyes
  • Increased confidence and control over appetite
  • Reduced risk for disease, when done routinely

>Why New Yorkers Are in Extra Need of a Juice Cleanse

Grand Central Station in New York CityIt does not matter if you live on a beach, in a forest, or on the side of a mountain, you will benefit from doing a juice cleanse. However, if you live in New York, and aren’t already doing routine juice cleanses, your body is long overdue. Living in the city essentially turns juice cleansing into more of a need because you are exposed to more toxins and live in a more stressful environment.

 

Germs

You probably try to block out the fact that you are constantly exposed to germs from people traveling to the Big Apple from around the world every day. Of course, New Yorkers have their own germs, too! It’s not fair to only blame the tourists. If you were born and raised here, then you probably don’t dwell on this much, but if you have relocated to the city, there is a chance you wore gloves everywhere you went for a year. Just the thought of how many people touch the stairway railing, taxi door handle, or anything else here is cringe-worthy. Your skin absorbs a lot more than you might realize, so touching a handle just held by someone recently held money, had a cigarette, and shook hands with someone else that just used the bathroom and didn’t wash their hands is pretty creepy, if you think about it! You need a cleanse to get these germs out of your system.

 

Air Quality

According to NYC Environmental Protection, air quality alone contributes to 6 percent of annual deaths of residents. Yes, 6 percent! Pretty scary, right? Face it, this is not a city that is ever going to be smiled upon by Mother Nature. Some of the leading air pollutants here include nitrogen oxide, elemental carbon, fine particle matter, ozone, and sulfur dioxide.

More than one billion gallons of heating oil are burned by New Yorkers every year. This accounts for 14 percent of all fine particle matter in the air, which contributes to cardiac and respiratory diseases. Construction sites are everywhere you look, creating dust and debris that become airborne. This means you breathe these particles in, and don’t bother holding your breath, because it is landing on your skin, too. When you are living in a place where you deal with poor air quality every day, you need a  cleanse more than anyone.

 

Stress

The person living in a small coastal town where time seems to move at its own pace, is not wondering if they are going to be hit by a taxi or a bike messenger every time they step off the curb. Regardless what you do for work, just living here is stressful. Every day, you deal with crowds in the subway station, lines at the café, and far too many umbrellas to dodge on the sidewalks at the first drop of rain.

Stress promotes the production of cortisol, a hormone that is secreted by your adrenal glands. Since you deal with a stressful environment all day long, your body never has time to appreciate a relaxation response. Prolonged levels of cortisol in your bloodstream have a ton of negative effects, including:

  • Decreased bone density
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Lowered immunity
  • Reduced inflammatory response
  • Decreased muscle tissue
  • Imbalanced blood sugar levels
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Increased abdominal fat

 

A juice cleanse, such as our Love Fast cleanse will help repair the damage being done by the stressful environment. You will feel more balanced and light. Not to mention, you will actually think twice about reaching for sugary snacks and caffeine all day, which takes your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride. Try a cleanse once, and you will be hooked for life, because you will feel healthy from the inside-out.

>New Year, New You: Stealing Time to Exercise

Busy people Walking Up StairsEvery day, you say you are going to find time to hit the gym, but another day passes and you end up feeling disappointed again. People might say you need to make time to exercise, but some schedules are just too packed. It’s not that you procrastinate or don’t have your priorities straight. You simply have an overfilled schedule right now. Of course, you want to try to squeeze in a few workouts every week, but on those days where you have to practically pencil in time to make a cup of tea, you need to get a little creative with your exercise agenda.

 

  • Calf Raise – Whether you are standing in line at the grocery store or waiting for the bus, you can rise up on your toes and lower back down. If you have decent balance, do this on one foot. This is a great one for while you are washing dishes, too!
  • Bike Pedals – You can buy a biking device that simply has the pedals. It will easily fit under your desk. You can essentially bike all day long while you are working.
  • Anytime Squats – Rather than stand there looking in the mirror while you brush your teeth, do a few squats. Waiting for your oatmeal to cook or smoothie to blend? Do squats! Speaking of smoothies, the Berry Blast smoothie from Organic Avenue is packed with antioxidants and is an energizing meal replacement.
  • Take the Stairs – When you look at the stairs, and think about skipping the elevator every day, actually do it!
  • Flexing Fun – Isolating and flexing targeted muscles burns calories and strengthens muscles. It doesn’t matter if you flex your abs, butt, triceps, or shoulders; just pick an area and focus on it. You can do this anywhere, all day long.
  • Morning Jacks – Start your day with jumping jacks as soon as you get out of bed. It will wake you up and jumpstart your metabolism.

>How Often Should I Do a Juice Cleanse?

If you have recently been introduced to the juice cleanse topic, you are probably filled with a long list of questions. The process can be intimidating because it is something new, but also very exciting because you know you are doing something good for your body, and you feel amazing when you are done. The one question that almost everyone asks is, “How often should I do a juice cleanse?” To be honest, there is not a universal answer. Every person has unique needs and goals.

 

1-day Love Deep cleanse juices and booster shotWhy Do a Juice Cleanse?

It is important to first understand why juice cleansing is beneficial. Many people do one simply because everyone else is, but you will appreciate the experience more, if you understand what is happening inside your body.

Toxins in your water, food, and air enter your body faster than you are able to eliminate them. A juice cleanse encourages your digestive system to eliminate wastes and toxins. The raw ingredients in the juices support this natural process and leave you with strengthened immunity, improved metabolism, mental clarity, increased energy, normalized blood pressure, reduced allergies, and a healthy glow.

 

How Often Should You Cleanse

As long as you are consuming organic, cold-pressed juices, like our Love Deep cleanse, you can do one every month as a routine tune-up for your body. If you are looking to make a healthy lifestyle change, a juice cleanse is a great boost to start with. You won’t have to deal with continuous sugar cravings and you will end the cleanse feeling more aware of what you put in your body. However after you see firsthand how great you feel, you will want to do them more frequently. Some people do them seasonally or bi-annually. Learn to listen to your body, and you will know when you need another one.