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Join the 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge!

4 Comments 07 April 2010

Can you go a day…. a week ….. or how about a month without eating sugar?
I did it and so can you!

As the Passover holidays culminate, we, as Jewish women are ready to give back to ourselves by focusing in on what our bodies need right now. So, if you have been thinking about making an empowering life changing event to improve your health and well being- then this “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge” is for you.  Join me with hundreds of women to take control of their bodies, this Thursday, April 8th  as we will begin our “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.”

Your participation:
A. Comment below with your thoughts and share with all our “detoxers”  at TheJewishHostess.com.
B. Have an e-mail buddy to report to on a daily basis.  Everyday send to your supporter

> if you were or weren’t successful on that given day
> why you were or weren’t
> how your mind and body feels

Example… Hi Susie, this is Sari. I was successful on the first day of my challenge. I had all my meals prepared from the morning , which helped me to be successful thru out the day. My mind feels strong and determined! My body still feels bloated from the holiday. Speak to you tomorrow!

C. Weigh yourself Thursday morning April 8, and resist the temptation to weigh yourself until May 8. While weight loss is a give in, I want to draw our focus to health and wellness and not to the numbers on the scale.
D. Incorporate clean healthy balanced meals by using all the food groups such as protein, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and “good for you” fats.
E. Join me and all of our “Sugar Detoxers” on Friday morning, May 7th from 10-12   for a morning to celebrate our accomplishments with a free inspiring class experience.  RSVP….ASAP! (regardless of your ability to finish the challenge, everyone will be a winner!) (Brooklyn, NY area)

My participation:

A. I will be doing this challenge with you.
B. I will share with you my own sugar expireinces –positve and negative!
C. I will send sugar facts and tips to help you be as successful as you possibly can.

My mission for this “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge”

TO LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE IN A BODY YOU LOVE, by a heightened awareness of the foods we put into our bodies. Realizing that “what you DESIRE you can a will ACHIEVE!”

What to do today:

A. Eliminate simple sugars completely from your diet. Read labels! Manufactures hide the name “sugar” to fool us. The most common are called fructose and corn syrup.
B. Do not restock your pantry with all the sugary foods that you simply cannot resist.
C. Load your refrigerator and pantry with all fresh unprocessed foods.
D. Visit the health food store and check out foods that you might enjoy such as cereals and oatmeal. Ask for the healthiest sweetener available such as Agave.
E. Determine what staple foods you will be eating and make sure it is sugar free.
F. Take the time to plan and prepare your meals- this is the most important step to success!

Dos and Dont’s:

-Artificial food sweeteners are a don’t! They are chemical based and is the exact opposite of the health and wellness benefits that we are striving for.
-Adding sugar to your morning coffee is acceptable only if absolutely needed. (I am so thankful that I’m not a coffee drinker!)
-Do enjoy every combination of whole foods.
-Don’t fret the small stuff- if you falter, just get back on track immediately.
-Do have sweet whole foods on hand (especially the first week) such as sweet potatoes and bananas, even dried fruit, so when a sugar temptation strikes, you will be well equipped.
-Do have regular meals everyday. (breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks.)  Having regular spaced meals is an insurance plan  that will maintain stable blood sugar levels.
- Do know that for most of us, this challenge will be at times very difficult. But, feel assured that it does get easier as every day goes by.

My Sample Menu:

8:00;-oatmeal with Greek nonfat plain yogurt and berries
(if I’m teaching a class and then working out I drink apple juice)
12:OO; post workout; a repeat of 8 am meal or hard boiled eggs and banana
3:00;walnuts, lentil soup  or sweet potato and hard boiled eggs
6:oo; salmon, brown rice, vegetables or salmon brown rice sushi and vegetables
8:oo ; almonds and fresh dates
Note that I did not include quantities. I believe that you should eat until you are satisfied. This is what I like to eat, there are hundreds of great combinations of meals that will suit your taste buds that are healthy and sugar free.

With lots of health and wellness! Xoxo Sari

GROUP FITNESS MOVEMENT SPECIALIST LIFE STYLE ENTHUSIAST
Sari@dananyc.com Let me know how you are doing!

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Dining Room Tablescapes

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Dining Room Tablescapes

No Comments 07 April 2010

A lot of people ask me how they should set up their dining table when they aren’t using it. Runners, candle sticks, flowers?

There are a lot of different ways to stage a dining room table. The arrangement should depend on the look of your room, but also on how often you use your table. If you use it every night for dinner, it would be very irritating to have a lot of different things to remove every night!

This is the dining room of designer Kelly Wearstler. They must not eat here often!

The eye needs something to look at when it comes into a room. That means layering objects of varying heights, textures and styles somewhere in the room. Even if you have a modern or minimalist home, layering is a must to create interest.

All these objects dont need to be on your dining table. You can leave the table bare, or simply styled and create a table scape on your sideboard.

Sometimes one chic vase or sculpture is enough to carry the whole room.

Create a grouping of vases or objects. You dont even have to put flowers in those.


A tray  helps to unify objects that dont seem to be related. It makes them look neat and intentional as opposed to a pile of stuff that you just left somewhere. A tray with tea service, candle sticks, glasses, vases or a stack of dishes will look chic in the center of a table or on a sideboard.

 

Some other things to consider:

1. Books

2. Potted plants

3. Use what you have!  Your serving platters, cake stands and cloches could look great when artfully arranged.

And remember to change it up and experiment!

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Spring Detox Juice Recipes

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Spring Detox Juice Recipes

2 Comments 07 April 2010

Apple juice-ginger drink and Lavander lemonade...

After all of that charoset and matzoh, its time to give our bodies a fresh start. Here are some  juicy recipes to help  jump start your spring!

the following excerpt is adapted from here.

“Imagine us all being kids again and we have spent the day out in a big huge pile of beautiful dirt, digging holes, making castles, playing with toys, living large. We come back inside and it’s time to clean up. How? Every which way; we clean our hair, our nails, our skin, our feet, our backs, our ears… wherever the dirt and gunk of the day got into. Same goes for cleansing our insides, and juicing cleanses the cells faster than any other food that I’ve found. Cleansing is not “new, and improved.”

We are all cleansing right now, and have been since the moment of conception. Every cell is constantly peeing and pooping. Every time we breathe out, we’ve cleansed our body of the metabolic waste known as carbon dioxide. Every time we have a bowel movement, our body is eliminating old cellular material (interesting: up to 40% of every bowel movement is dead cells). Cleansing occurs because our body’s cells are constantly dying and being replaced with new cells. Our spleen and liver and stomach cells do it, our intestinal walls do it, even our bones and muscle cells do this regeneration circle of life. All vegetable juicing does is improve this spring-cleaning regeneration process.

1. There is hardly any digestive work needed to process raw, enzyme  active liquid. Vegetable juice gets into the system quickly. 

2. Squeezed vegetable juice is very nutrient-dense. This concentration acts to supercharge the system in the same way that herbal tinctures work. One of the words we are going to hear more about over the next few years is “phytonutrients,” or plant chemicals. They are proving-as those who have switched to whole foods always have known-to be the key behind keeping our bodies free of cancer, digestive problems, and other degenerative illnesses.

3. The most important, and most overlooked, reason: juicing cleans the liver. I believe that the next big advance in understanding health will be in acknowledging the importance of self-detoxifying and de-sludging our liver. Sure, if you look into any human biology book, it already tells us that there are now over 700 known functions of the liver. But what we don’t realize is how that functionality is dependent on how unclogged it is.”

the following juices are adapted from juicer recipes.com

Orange Apple Carrot Celery Ginger Detox Juice Recipe

2 oranges
1 apple

Carrot Apple Ginger Juice 3of3

3 carrots
1 celery stick
1 inch ginger root

process in juicer and serve.

Pineapple Celery Ginger Flaxseed Detox Juicer Recipe

2 cups pineapple

3 celery sticks

1 inch ginger root

1/8 teaspoon flaxseed oil

Process the celery, pineapple and ginger root through your juicer. Pour into a glass. Then add the flaxseed oil and mix thoroughly. You may want to make this juice and then put in a jar that has a lid — add the juice and the flaxseed oil — put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously to mix. Then pour it into a glass and enjoy!

Cucumber Apple Mint Ginger Juicer Detox Recipe

1 cucumber
2 large sweet apples
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
1/2 inch ginger root

Process all the ingredients through your juicer.
This is a great detox cleansing juice.



Grape Apple Lemon Lime Juicer Detox Recipe

1 cup of grapes
1 apple
1/2 lime
1/4 lemon

Process and serve in tall glasses. Garnish with a slice of  lime.

Its a perfect time of year to buy a juicer. Not sure which one is for you? The video above may help you decide as the guys from organicjar.com test three popular juicers and compare price and functionality.

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