With every month comes change and progress

IMG_4884I always am so excited for the first week of the month…re-assessment week! I measure, weigh and do the same fitness tests that I do on our initial meeting. What a great way to see progress and it’s an awesome motivator!

Highlighted for last month is Kathi’s achievements! She started on her own by going to her gym facility at work and modifying her diet. Kathi trained with me for a few months 2x/week (with a buddy) and came to free Saturday bootcamps. Kathi advanced physically quickly, even though she deals with back issues.

Congratulations to Kathi for achieving her goal of climbing a rock wall at James Island County Park (not to mention kayaking too!). Kathi lost almost 7″ in 2 months, increased on all her fitness tests and increased her flexibility by 2″! Kathi is now giving our advanced class on T/TH with Heather a try!

Thanks Kathi for being an inspiration for making this her new lifestlye! Who else is ready to make a change?

Health and Happiness!

Tina

tina@theholisticchick.com

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Purification wrap-up (a little late!)

My Standard Process purification wrapped up a few weeks ago and time has not been on my side to post about it. So here’s how it went:

All-in-all I didn’t find staying on the program too difficult. The last few days of it were 4th of July weekend, so I had some mac-and-cheese at a party and then cheated a bit at our weekend in Edisto. The less I drank alcohol and the less I ate, the more I realized I did not miss it. I only lost 3 lbs, but honestly, I didn’t have a lot to detox in my organs, and I eat pretty clean, so that was to be expected. I still am dealing with a lot of the problems I had before, I’ll be working with someone to get to the root of the problem soon.

It’s been 2 weeks since I ended the detox and I found that having a few drinks or eating most foods, especially at a restaurant still makes me feel awful. Mark and I had a Sunday Funday last week. After a museum and a walk on King street we decided to go on a little pub crawl.
– We started with a beer and calamari at Amen Street…so tasty!
– then we went for the views and to soak up some sun and a Corona at the roof top bar at Market Pavilion
– we decided to keep it classy and go to the bar at Husk…a wheat beer from Holy City and some pickled fried green tomatoes were just amazing!
– After all that beer and food, we were hungry, so we went to the Bull Market on King for sandwiches. I figured I had so much wheat in the beer, who cares if I had bread too! Caprese sandwich was fresh and yummy, especially knowing I can’t have bread or cheese too often.

I actually didn’t feel bad until I woke up in the middle of the night with the sweats. For being cleansed and having 3 beers and restaurant food, I didn’t do too bad, but won’t be doing that for again for a while!

The pictures below are: Wine taps at Amen Street, View at Market Pavilion, my beer at Husk and the cute boutiques at Bull Street.

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This kid doesn’t stand a chance…

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We went to see a movie on the beach at Folly a few weeks ago.  We sat down to watch Goonies, with everyone’s favorite character “Chunk”, and I noticed this poor kiddo next to me who is already a bit of a chunk himself.  A big yellow fluorescent bottle of Powerade sat in the sand next to him while he had a bag of bright orange Doritos.  About a half hour later he had a handful of Cheetos, because I guess the first round of orange chemicals wasn’t quite enough.

Most people say “so what, they’re just kids, it doesn’t matter”.  Well that’s a whole other subject, but the thing I want to explore here is what do you think this kid has in front of him?

A life battling with his weight, disease and depression.  This is unacceptable!

We live in a world where people are constantly eating, but are malnourished.  My guess is that this kid is not being nourished all day.  He is on a life path to constantly eating because his body is constantly searching for what it needs, but cereal, snacks, sodas, candy, chicken nuggets and fries will never give you it.  A life of constantly eating that empty, nutrient deprived food will lead to obesity and all the effects of it: diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, fatigue and on and on….

Some people who eat like this don’t get fat, I was skinny when I was little and ate nothing good.  But look at this kids belly, he is not more than 7 and has excessive visceral fat all around his midsection.  Visceral fat surrounds the internal organs and is mainly a product of lifestyle choices.   You will see all the same problems that are associated with obesity…even if you are not overweight and even if you’re a kid.

Don’t set your kids up for these preventable diseases.  It’s YOUR choice parents.  I know you love your kids, show them by providing your kids with the proper tools to live a healthy life!

 

Days 7-10 of Purification

First week and a few days under my belt!  In some ways I feel better, however I am still frustrated with my bloated belly.  I noticed that eating really well and feeling really crappy still made me bitchy 🙂  A few things that seemed to set me off feeling bad were sweet potatoes baked in olive oil and salt and brown rice pasta with broccoli, olive oil and sea salt.  So I think I’ll stay off olive oil and salt for a few days and see if that makes a difference.

Food was typical smoothies and veggies listed in other posts.  We had spaghetti squash with capers, roasted peppers and onions and sautéed garlic and tomatoes .  I love all the veggies, but the squash made me want to gag a little after eating a big plate.  Guess that won’t be a staple in my diet!  It’s really pretty though…

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I have graduated rom taking 21 SP CLeanse everyday to now only having to take 10 SP greens.  I’m down 3 pounds, so 10 more to go to my goal!

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Days 3-6 Purification – Yummy food, a little cheating :)

Day 3 fell on a beautiful, sunny Friday.  We did your typical smoothies and Mark made a great dish for lunch: Lentils with roasted zucchini and squash and sautéed onion, carrots, bell pepper and kale.  Just a little olive oil, salt, pepper and some fresh oregano from the farm.

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Even though we were on IOP on that beautiful sunny day while everyone was drinking Coronas and Westbrook White Tai, I refrained.  Water, water, water…and I was ok with that because I was feeling crappy.

Saturday and Sunday I cheated a little, I must admit.  Again, great smoothies.  For dinner we went to Ms Roses in West Ashley to see Mark Jackson Music (my honey – see link below).  I had an amazing arugula salad with pomegranates and a cherry vinaigrette.  The cheating part came with the feta on top.  I ate it, and it was GOOD!  I felt fine after as well.  Sunday we were lucky enough to wake up with an ocean view at a friend’s house on Folly.  She is a hostess with the mostess!  Look at this spread…how could you not cheat a little?  Just a few sips of wine and I had to have some fresh shrimp right off the boat and grilled to perfection, that’s all!

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Monday I really didn’t feel like eating much.  I had some smoothies and a late night salad.  Salad was mixed arugula and greens with apple, honey, fresh squeezed lemon.  So simple and so delicious!

Tuesday I had to be at work by 8, so I ran out with just the shake (no smoothie with fruit and greens) and a bunch of fresh blueberries.  Again, I haven’t been too hungry, so it was fine until about 2.   We got a bunch of beautiful produce from the Mt P farmer’s market.  We also enjoyed some King Of Pops pops (I got Blood Orange Basil).  I had some pickle samples which I thought would have been fine.  Shortly after  I ate them I got bloated, achy, blah, blah…no more pickles for me, unless it’s Bubbies.

I made a super-delicious smoothie for dinner: beets, spinach, cilantro, 1/4 lemon, mixed frozen berries.  It’s beautiful too!  Oh, and just so you know, I hate beets and could never eat them.  I need them for my struggeling liver.  I’m so excited I can have them now!

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Links:

Mark Jackson Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/jaxonunplugged

Ms Roses: http://msroses.com/

King of Pops: http://charleston.kingofpops.net/

Day 2 Standard Process Purification

Some yummy smoothies to be had today.  I can definitely taste the SP cleanse in there, it make it a little powdery, but they are still good.

Breakfast smoothie my honey made for me: 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, kale, mixed berries and SP cleanse

Snack: leftover green beans, asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes

Lunch smoothie: orange, 1/4 lemon, spinach, drizzle of honey, mint and SP Cleanse

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45 minute bike ride

Dinner: spinach, tomato, cucumber, lemon and capers with a side of sweet potato

I’ve been getting a little shaky around 7, so I took some Gymnema to even out blood sugar.  Seems to work.  https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Gymnema-4g

45 minute walk

Late evening smoothie: spinach, cilantro, a few cubes of pineapple and SP cleanse.  It was a beautiful green color as well!

My belly is still real bloated.  I’m really hoping that diminishes soon.  I feel like if you stuck a pin in me I’d pop!!!

Day 1 of Standard Process Purification

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The Standard Process Purification System Day 1 has started great!  I typically start my morning with a smoothie, so the only difference here was the added SP Complete which offers whole food nutrition.  I also took a whole bunch of supplements.  See the above link for the protocol.  I added some extras too: probiotic, tuna oil and Catalyn which provides all the vitamins and minerals we need.

(The links haven’t been working, so try this: https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Standard-Process/Purification-Product-Kit-DF-Gastro-Fiber )

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Breakfast: 1/2 banana, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 lime, blueberries, big handful of kale, handful of cilantro, 2 scoops of SP Complete

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Lunch: smoothie ~ carrot, spinach, mint, a few frozen strawberries and 2 scoops SC Complete

Snack: cucumber

Pre-workout snack: banana

1 hour workout burning around 400 calories

Dinner: Mixed berries, mint and 2 scoops SP Complete, asparagus, green beans and onions sautéed with olive oil and sea salt

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Easy Peasy!  Here’s hoping the next 20 days are just as easy!  Below are a list of symptoms, measurements and pictures of what needs to change.

Symptoms:

excessive bloating, nausea, ravenous hunger, constant pain on left side of abdomen, constant ache in my throat/neck, low blood pressure, quick muscle fatigue, out-of-breath fast, irritable bowel, achiness, heart beats rapidly with salt intake, extreme pain and sickness sometimes after eating….oh yeah, and major brain fog…almost forgot that 🙂

*** With this being said, mind you that if I did not already eat clean and exercise regularly, I would most likely be obese with a whole host of major health problems.

Here’s my bloated belly:

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…and what’s going on with my neck.  It’s always been the source of sickness, now it’s just kinda hanging there…

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Throat issues: I had a lump in my throat it when I was little.  I remember the bubble gum medicine eventually made it go away.  In my 20’s it completely closed up, had to be rushed to the emergency room.  I was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  In my 30’s it was the start of sickness and would swell up.  In my 40’s..it has loose skin…really?  Ugh!

Weight: 128, really high for me.  I should be closer to 115, I’m 5’2.

Measurements: Neck 12.5, Chest 35, Waist 29, Belly 34, Hips 39.5, Thigh 22, Calves 13 and Arms 10.5

There, it’s all out there.  I hold my clients accountable, now I need you to hold me accountable! Thanks 🙂