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One Week Cleanse

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Posted by Ahndea May | Monday, January 7

Cleanse

It’s a new year, a chance to start over, reset, repurpose and challenge yourself to go beyond your current limitations. We all get comfortable and “busy” and well just lazy sometimes, and motivating ourselves to follow-through with our goals well sometimes just seems impossible. So here we are… a new year, a new day, a new opportunity. How will you start off 2013? Do you have any annual resolutions? We all know gym memberships spike and after gorging ourselves from November to the New Year, most of us are ready to get on a health plan, or “eat clean” if you will.

I have done many different types of cleanses and detox plans researching the “Raw Truth” about healthy eating. I have gathered lots of info, from some of my favorite health experts like Dustin, and have come up with a one week reset. For me, it is important to be realistic and not choose a low glycemic fast, when I have low blood sugar I could faint or turn into a monster (not a nice one)! As a busy mom, I need lots of energy and if your plan consists of exercise, keeping your body fueled is critical. If you have a family, you can incorporate your kids on a elementary level by making it a fun family event. No candy, refined sugars or processed foods! You will be surprised how they will jump on board and get excited to try some new foods with you.Get Started After several months of overeating and indulging in refined sugars, my body is ready for a purge! Ha, so to start the week, I juice, juice, juice for 2 days, then on day 3 add in gluten free rolled oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, beans and legumes. During this cleanse I do not eat meat or dairy.  I know that may be a huge commitment so you can add in small portions of grilled chicken or fish as well as egg whites. Listen to your body and do what works best for you.

Some Tips

AM Juice – If you have a juicer, you can make your own with Kale, Kiwi, Apple, and Spinach, or I really love the Bolthouse Farms juices, they are natural, non dairy and very yummy.  Check here for all the details on juicing, Dr. Oz recipes and resources.Cleansing Drink – I make a big pitcher in the am filled with water, 10 organic lemons, 4 tbs of organic maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. This is kind of to taste, so you may have to add more or less of something.  You can drink this all day, as well as 100% pure coconut water.Snacks – Raw Almonds are a great snack and almond butter. If your feeling really hungry have some almonds, almond butter on a banana, raw trail mix, raw dried fruit and any veggies or fruits.

PM Juice – This juice is an all veggie, celery, tomato, spinach, red and yellow pepper, green onion. This is hearty and kind of tastes like bloody mary, minus the alcohol.

Exercise 
This would be the perfect time to join a bootcamp and get some awesome people around you bringing fun and support to your goals.
Want More?
This cleanse is one week. If your up for a bit of a challenge you can continue with week 2 and week 3 with more grocery boards and recipes.
* Disclimer: I am not a licensed medical professional so make sure to check with your nutritionist or Dr before attempting any cleanses.

A Life Of Balance

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Finding balance as a mother of five

By Ahndea May

Life with three kids ages 9, 8 and 5 requires a lot of multi tasking. Not to mention, the ability to stay balanced and healthy enough to accomplish everything. To our surprise, we found out I was pregnant with twin girls in February of 2010. Thus, pushing our family to a total of seven last year.

I am a firm believer that staying positive can change your situation, but sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. The first few months after the twins were born, I never left the house, let alone my bed between nursing, changing diapers and trying to sleep. My husband proved to be a champ and took over most of the responsibilities at home and finishing up the school year with the oldest three. The thought of  managing all five was beginning to bring on anxiety, even slight depression. Still, somewhere in my thoughts was a desire to “man up” and pull myself together. It was time to get organized, back in shape, back to work and somehow do it all. Just saying that is exhausting!

Whenever you are in the thick of it not letting your emotions dictate every decision, is certainly hard enough. Add to that, trying to create a family schedule, time for exercise, and fun time with kids… cleaning, laundry and having more than a two-minute conversation with the husband and oh and time for me.  Yes I said it… ME!  When you allow yourself the ability to do the things you love, such as spending time with friends and making your health a priority, you feel more alive, even happier.  Your kids and everyone else will notice, and enjoy being around you more, I promise! But how you ask?

I began to ask myself how I could possibly get a handle on my life when I could barley brush my teeth. You know that feeling of being submerged under water with only your lips reaching the surface? Once you’re at that place, it’s addicting and somewhat numbing. One Sunday night it hit me. I needed a plan.

The plan: Make a list of goals and be bold. Begin to organize your life around meeting those goals one day at a time. Of course, not every day will be a success, but tomorrow is a new chance to try again. Be prepared to work hard and stretch yourself a bit. In the end the reward will be more meaningful.

My goals looked like this:

1. Family Calendar  – be strategic, plan fun days, relax days, chore days, in between sports and school work of course,  and be realistic. Coordinating and writing things down will keep everyone on the same page and give clear expectations.

2. Self Care – get back in shape (My plan for this Ripped in 42, “Little Black Dress Project” ), plan some girls nights and date nights, get prettied up, pick a splurge once a month, like getting your nails done etc.

3. Inspiration – find a good book or devotional, something to ground yourself in, meet with a good friend for coffee or play date and talk about real things not just surface

4. Passion – Find something you love and do it. A talent, a hobby, it could be knitting, whatever it is do it now. Don’t wait for the perfect time because it will never come. Let your kids experience your gifts and talents and show them how to balance that while still being their mom.

5. Perspective – Start every day with a deep breath and approach every decision, argument, and chaotic moment with a clear lens. If you stay focused on the end goal and keep clear from distraction and negative emotions, the journey will be much more rewarding and less clutter. Ask yourself, ‘is there anything I can do to change this situation?’ If the answer is “no”, don’t waste energy and emotion resting there.

6. Career/Outlet – I am investing time into my business as a wardrobe stylist for photography, wedding and lifestyle. I am continuing to design one of kind accessories with my small custom business Heirbloom and blogging about the stories we tell with our style, mommy tips, food and health and  DIY tutorials.

What I have noticed about being this intentional is it really helps keep the stress down.

Now, as for getting back in shape.   I knew after having twins and the fact that I am now 33, the weight was not going to fall off, I had to work my butt off to get the results. I put a goal picture of me on the fridge, partnered up with a good friend and joined Dustin Maher for a six-week intensive program ‘Ripped In 42’.  The first few days were terrible, but once I got in the swing everything else seemed to feel a little easier too. I felt more confident and proud of myself.  I am now down 22 pounds and over 35 inches!

 

 

Final thought… We are women, strong, confident, purposeful, women.

 

The Best Granola Ever

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Only a few more days for shopping, wrapping, card addressing, cookie making, school party attending, and oh yes teacher gifting.  The time of year to thank and celebrate the wonderful people who teach and encourage our little ones or big ones to go after their dreams and hopefully take with them a wealth of knowledge too! Well, this year, I decided to “make” something vs “buy” something, one because with 5 children the Christmas budget was blown with just one trip to Toys R Us, and two because I really appreciate receiving something homemade and delicious, don’t you?  This granola is just that a yummy very addicting snack or treat! Once you make this… you will never stop, so be prepared to have a new family Christmas favorite. Read More

Chicken Soup For The Soul

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Hi! My name is Ahndea May , a busy mom of 5 littles, including 1 year old twin girls, a Fit Mom’s For Life and whole health advocate, and a million other things in between, while trying to laugh as much as possible, create memories with my family, and continue to learn and dream as we navigate everyday challenges. I hope to bring you some encouragement, tips, motivation and hopefully cheer, through my spattering of writings documenting this ride we call life! And of course it starts with food! My favorite thing! On these brisk winter days my family loves the warmth of soup! Chicken noodle is certainly at the top of the list.  Chicken broth or stock is one of the most healthy things you can eat.  In fact, it’s known to build immunity and we certainly need that during flu season!  Now… I am a busy mom and appreciate the convenience of just grabbing the best looking picture on a can of soup at the store and still do it, but it would take a dictionary with words like “disodium guanylate” to know what your actually eating and usually homemade is just better! Making homemade stock is super easy and the health benefits are worth it.  Sally Fallon writes in Broth is Beautiful “Good broth can resurrect the dead”  she tells us it is a cure-all in traditional households, a healer to sore throats and to the soul.

I have come up with a super easy recipe for natural Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Stock.  You can make the soup with or without noodles.  After cooking you can freeze any unused stock for future recipes, or even if they don’t, you can add it to your potatoes or use it to cook chicken, veggies etc.  Read More