10 Day Detox Follow Up

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We did it!! My husband and I just completed our first 10 day detox together!

Our bodies have been free of gluten, dairy, alcohol and meat for 10 days!

This is a huge accomplishment and I am so proud of my husband for completing the detox with me. 

This was his first official detox, and I am impressed that he completed all 10 days. 

The verdict: we feel amazing!

We have so much energy. My productivity has been expanded ten fold. I have found this sense of clarity and the afternoon brain fog has dissipated for both of us.

My skin is glowing and clear, the whites of our eyes are crisp, and any belly bloat is gone. 

As many of you know, I love detoxing. I plan to detox at least four times a year, in addition to a 24 hour detox every month. My first published book on detoxing, Revitalize and Renew was released earlier this year, you can check it out here.

I am so passionate about detoxing because it is a time to reconnect to my roots. We can focus on food purely as fuel for our bodies. It’s a time to simplify and get back to basics, all we need is real food.

For this detox my husband and I sustained ourselves on real whole foods, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and teas. Our goal was to drink 90 oz of plain water per day, in addition to nettle leaf tea, dandelion root tea, and our daily coffee or black tea. We ate tons of raw greens, sweet potatoes, black beans, and delicious smoothies. I honestly did not feel deprived. I felt satiated. There was a connection to the food that we ate, and I enjoyed the time we spent together cooking and dining. 

Many of my clients worry that they will feel a lack of energy and become hangry during a detox… we experienced the opposite. We had loads of energy and laughed more than we have in weeks. We had fun with the detoxing process. I highly recommend detoxing with your partner, it allows you both to grow and bond together.

Moving forward, I have chosen to limit meat in my diet to maybe 1-2 days per week. I am flexible with myself and do not want to put any labels or firm restrictions on my dietary habits at this time, but right now this is my plan. Ricky on the other hand is looking forward to adding organic healthy chicken and fish back into his diet. He is someone who craves meat, and has been a good sport for the past 10 days.

Our household is already gluten free, due to my allergies, and previously we aimed to limit dairy. After completing the detox, I believe we will both eliminate dairy from our diets, it simply does not make us feel good and is really pro-inflammatory and unhealthy for our bodies.

As we begin to ease out of our detox, we will add alcohol back in sparingly. We plan to limit drinking to two days per week, taking into consideration parties and events. We have made the decision to extend the alcohol-free portion of our detox to about 14 days, and to make a regular habit of detoxing our bodies. 

We will both be more aware of how we are fueling our bodies, and more in tune with what makes us feel good. 

This detox was never about losing weight or a quick fix, it was always about tuning in and listening to our bodies. Our bodies are so smart, if we just listen they will tell us what they need.

For more information about detoxing contact Jennifer at jennifer@leanandgreenbody.com

August 8 10 day detox

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We are taking the plunge! We are starting our first family detox!

After several nights out, fatigue, brain fog and too much stress, we determined that it was time to commit. 

  • We have decided to write our own rules for our 10 day real food detox, not surprising I’m sure to anyone who knows me personally. 
  • We will be eliminating gluten (as always), dairy, alcohol, added sugar and meat. 
  • We will be consciously limiting coffee, but will not be eliminating it entirely for the 10 days because well… sanity. 
  • We will be consuming a plant based diet, packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and greens.
  • We will be increasing our water intake will aid in flushing out our systems and rehydrating our bodies.
  • We will be supplementing with green drinks and herbal teas.

My favorite teas while detoxing are YOGI Peach Detox Tea, Parsley Tea, and Nettle Leaf Tea. All three have amazing healing and cleansing properties. 

Our goal from this cleanse is to come out with a deeper appreciation for how we fuel our bodies. We want to feel re-energized, refreshed and renewed. We are looking to eliminate fatigue, brain fog, toxic foods and stress; all of which take a serious toll on our bodies. 

For tips on how to detox at home check out my latest book Revitalize & Renew available now!

Favorite Pasta Substitutes

As a former carb-oholic, I love my pasta! However now as a holistic nutrition specialist and a wellness professional, I am too educated to eat plain pasta. (plus I’m gluten-free) I understand that most traditional pasta is made with enriched flour and is highly processed and full of additives. Simple is always best. 

For all my pasta and carb loving friends out there, here are a few of my favorite pasta substitutes that your body will thank you for!

 

Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta

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The only ingredient in this pasta is lentils… simple and amazing!

This pasta will not spike your blood sugar levels like many traditional white pastas do, and is full of fiber!

 

Trader Joe’s Black Bean Pasta

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The only ingredient in this pasta is organic black bean flour… again so simple!

This pasta contains protein and is packed with fiber.  

 

Zucchini Noodles

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The only ingredient in this pasta is raw vegetables! 

This is a great substitute if you are looking to cut back on traditional carbohydrates and increase your intake of vegetables.

You can hide these noodles under a yummy red sauce or even a pesto sauce for family in your life who may be skeptical about the new zoodles. 

 

All three of these pasta substitutes are naturally gluten-free, and have even passed the taste test for my gluten loving friends!

What are some of your favorite pasta substitutes?

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach

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Ingredients: 

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets (approximately 3 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten free options available)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 tablespoons egg whites 
  • 5 oz organic spinach
  • 6 tbsp goat cheese
  • Olive oil non-stick spray 
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper.  
  3. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  4. Combine breadcrumbs with 2 tbsp grated cheese in one bowl, and 1/4 cup egg whites in another bowl.
  5. Combine the remaining grated cheese, spinach, 2 tbsp egg whites, and goat cheese.
  6. Lay chicken cutlets down on a clean working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.
  7. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish. 
  8. Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes. 
  10. Remove from oven, top with sauce and leftover parmesan cheese. 
  11. Bake approximately 3 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling.
  12.  Serve with additional sauce on the side.

Holiday Cookie Recipes

Holiday Cookie Recipes

This year I will be making my favorite Peanut Butter Cookies!

The cookies are gluten free, dairy free and flourless! 

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of creamy organic peanut butter or almond butter 
  • 2 cups organic coconut sugar
  • 2 cage free eggs
  • 1 bag of dark chocolate kisses 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together, and create 1 inch cookie dough balls from ingredients
  3. Place the cookie dough on a greased cookie sheet
  4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes
  5. Take cookies out and add dark chocolate kisses to each cookie, the trick is to twist the chocolate as you press it into the cookie
  6. Place back in the oven for an additional minute
  7. Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  8. Enjoy!

I am also going to try out a new recipe this year from Kelly Leveque, author of Body Love

 

Pecan Thumbprint Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy raw pecan butter (homemade: pecans pulsed in a food processor until creamy)
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, extra 2 tbsp for topping.
  • Honey for drizzle.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pecan butter, sugar, egg, baking soda salt, and chopped pecans.
  3. Make 1-inch balls and cook 8-10 minutes.
  4. Drizzle with honey and top with extra chopped pecans. 

Product Review: FITTEAM Fit and Lean

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The FITTEAM FIT was the supplement I was most interested in because it boosts your energy...something we can all use more of! This supplement is also organic, gluten free, vegan, kosher, and Non-GMO like the LEAN. FITTEAM claims that this supplement will boost your energy, control your appetite, enhance fat loss and improve focus...sold!

I can say that I felt a boost in energy, but not the jitter energy I receive from coffee. The FITTEAM helped me power through a long day at the office with no afternoon lull.

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Almost immediately I felt more alert and focused on the tasks I had at hand. Within a few more minutes I felt super energized. Not the energized where you feel like your heart is about to burst through your chest, but the energized to where you can tell your whole body is there, in-sync, with you, ready to go, it was great!”

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Lauren made a killer smoothie with the FITTEAM LEAN.

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