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Inspiration via Next Ambassador Marissa Allen

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Infamous Blogger: Mizzfit Bianca Jade wears Next to Manuanawilli Waterfalls

 

Mizz Fit Bianca hikes 2 hours through the Mud in our Soul Surfer Bandini and Tubular Tunnel Pant to make it to the stunning Manuanawilli  Waterfalls.MissFitBianca_3.5.14

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Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup to warm you up on this cold Friday!

Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup via Linda Wagner - Healthy eating is so much fun when you can eat amazing dishes like this one!!

Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
This healthy version of Chicken Tortilla Soup will knock your socks off! You don’t need to add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s own!
Author: Linda Wagner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into ½ inch strips
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 32 ounces organic chicken broth
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 jalepenos, de-seeded and diced
  • 2 cups of shredded carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced – I always use one of these
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 cups water
Instructions
  1. In a crockpot or large dutch oven over med-high heat, place a dash of olive oil and about ¼ cup chicken broth. Add onions, garlic, jalapeno, sea salt and pepper and cook until soft, adding more broth as needed.
  2. Then add all of your remaining ingredients and enough water to fill to the top of your pot. Cover and let cook on low for about 2 hrs, adjusting salt & pepper as needed.
  3. Once the chicken is fully cooked, you should be able to shred it very easily. I simply used the back of a wooden spoon and pressed the cooked chicken against the side of the pot. You could also use a fork or tongs to break the chicken apart and into shreds.
  4. Top with avocado slices and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
  5. This is an easy one-pot meal that’s loaded with veggies, low in fat, and full of flavor! You don’t need to add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s own!

Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup via Linda Wagner - Healthy eating is so much fun when you can eat amazing dishes like this one!!

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Fat Flush Juice Recipe For Weight Loss

Fat Flush Juice  This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving! via Linda Wagner

  • You give your WHOLE BODY a chance to “clean house”. Without the added burden of digestion, which takes a LOT of time and energy, the body is now free to work on other things like detoxing the liver and kidneys…and the remains of all those Ramen Noodles you used to eat! When we drink Raw vegetable juices, the situation is entirely different, as these [micronutrients] are digested and assimilated within 10 to 15 minutes after we drink them and they are used almost entirely in the nourishment and regeneration of the cells and tissues, glands and organs of the body. In this case the result is obvious, as the entire process of digestion and assimilation is completed with a maximum degree of speed and efficiency, and with a minimum of effort on the part of the digestive system. – Dr. Norman Walker: “Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices“, Pg 9

Fat Flush Juice  This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving! via Linda Wagner

  • All vegetables are alkalizing (my clients know ALL about this!!). The benefits of maintaining alkalinity in the body are crucial. There are entire books written on the subject and this is something that I cover in detail in my private one-on-one sessions, so without getting into too much detail, here are just a few benefits of maintaining an alkaline environment in our tissues:
  • Improved focus and mental clarity
  • Improved heart and cardiovascular function
  • Anti-Aging
  • Improved bone & joint function
  • Stronger Immune System – infections and disease thrive in an acidic environment
  • Better digestion
  • Better overall mood
  • Healthier hair, skin and nails
  • Natural body weight
  • ENERGY!!!
  • Heart Health: Both antioxidant vitamins C and E  prevent the damaging effect of free radicals on artery walls. They prevent blood from sticking, clotting, becoming toxic as well as helping to lower triglycerides levels. Great levels of vitamin C can be found in most fruits and vegetables. Good levels of vitamin E can be attained by adding blackberries, kiwi, asparagus and spinach in your juice recipes.
  • Liver Detoxification: One of the primary functions of the liver is to serve as the body’s detoxifier.  It is involved with detoxifying harmful substances (like environmental toxins, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, drugs, etc) before they can enter the bloodstream and harm the body.  Periodic cleansing of the liver through juicing can be important in  maintaining good health.  Fresh juices reduce the burden on the liver and give it a chance to catch up.  Juicing allows the liver to rid itself of accumulated toxins, thus permitting it to operate more efficiently.

Fat Flush Juice  This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving! via Linda Wagner

With all of those benefits, how could you NOT want to start juicing?! If you need more inspiration, check out the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead streaming live on Netflix. It will be all the inspiration you need!

It’s worth it to invest in a great juicer. My favorite brand is Breville, they range from about $150-300. You can get great deals online or use those 20% OFF coupons from Bed Bath & Beyond. Amazon has

I have used each model and all of them are wonderful so just choose the model that aligns with your budget. Craigslist can also be a great place to score a great deal. Your juicer will last you several years and it’s one of the best kitchen additions to really help take your health to the next level! Plus it’s tons of fun!

Fat Flush Juice  This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving! via Linda Wagner

Fat Flush Juice

This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving!

You’ll need:

  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 head romaine lettuce

Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 16oz)

This juice is nice and refreshingly tart, a great way to start your day!

Fat Flush Juice Recipe For Weight Loss
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This juice is loaded with fat burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving!
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and enjoy! (Makes 16oz)
  2. This juice is nice and refreshingly tart, a great way to start your day!

For more ideas, you can see all of my juice recipes here. Enjoy!

 Looking for a fast easy detox plan? I’ve got everything you need to get started! Check out my step by step programs here.

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Fun recipes by the lovely Linda Wagner

It’s looking like a giant cold front has hit most of the country. It’s a good weekend to stay in, put up Christmas decorations, and make some fun recipes!! I have a lot of ideas in mind: mulled wine, sweet potato waffles, 2 ingredient pancakes, and no-bake chocolate truffles! We’ll see if I actually find the time to make all of these…!! Here are some other yummy recipes that I look forward to making in the near future:

This polenta crust pizza from the William's Sonoma blog looks like it's easy enough to make.

This gluten-free polenta crust pizza from the William’s Sonoma blog looks like it’s easy enough to make. I absolutely ADORE my cauliflower crust pizza. It has the most amazing texture and taste. Most people would have no idea that it was made from cauliflower…it’s THAT good! The downside is that it is quite time consuming. This method using polenta looks much easier and I’m curious to see if texture is the same. Either way, it’s a great option and a fun weekend experiment!  You could sub my vegan cashew cheese to make it 100% dairy-free! #nomnomnom

These Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes from Minimalist Baker look super moist and delicious!

These Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes from Minimalist Baker look super moist and delicious! I have yet to try baking with beets but I love the concept. I also love the addition of fresh cocoa powder sprinkled on top! You could substitute quinoa flour and stevia to make it gluten-free & sugar-free. If you try these, let me know how it goes!

festive fruit! w/ rosemary + vanilla rooibos syrup from Laura at The First Mess

There are simply no words for this festive fruit w/ rosemary + vanilla rooibos syrup from Laura at The First Mess. This is one of my favorite blogs with breathtaking food photography and wonderful recipes using fresh local produce. The name of her blog “The First Mess” is taken from M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets, where she refers to the arrival of the first run (or mess) of peas in early spring as “the day with stars on it.” After reading this on Laura’s blog, I promptly ordered The Measure of Her Powers, a collection of M.F.K. Fisher’s writings. I have enjoyed her wit and personal stories. She always incorporates her love of food so this would make a lovely and unique gift for the foodies in your life! From Amazon.com “Any discussion of the great masters of American English must include the writings of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. For more than sixty years, in her writings about family, food, and travel, Fisher amassed a body of work that belongs on any shelf of classic American writing. Assembled here in this new edition is a generous selection from the books from throughout her career, arranged chronologically, and with this volume, we fortunate readers are now offered a magnificent, intimate survey of her life and writing. Whether reflecting on her father’s affinity for the underdog or bravely navigating the trials of old age, Fisher’s candor and wit are vigorous and infectious. Tales of travel, childhood memories, recipes massacred and perfected, meditations on World War II, and thoughts on cataract surgery—the range of stories on her palette is surprising and original. The Measure of Her Powers, finely edited by Dominique Gioia and introduced by Ruth Reichl, will captivate those who have never read Fisher and deepen the appreciation of her many fans.” Also, be sure to check out The First Mess blog, even if just for the gorgeous food photography alone!

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Clusters from A Couple Cooks

And last but certainly not least, these Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Clusters from A Couple Cooks look incredible, don’t they?! The best part…they are SO EASY to make! Just melt the chocolate and add your toppings! These make the perfect holiday treat or gift without spending hours and hours slaving over the stove. Dark Chocolate has numerous health benefits as do pistachios and dried cranberries. This way you can feel good about sharing your holiday treats with others knowing that you serving something that is delicious AND healthy!

Have fun with your holiday cooking and be sure to bundle up!! xo

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Catalina Crossing 2013 – A view from the support boat

I was not on Team International as they competed in this past weekend’s Catalina Crossing – US Outrigger Canoe Championships, Coeds. Instead, I was lucky enough to get a last minute spot on the team’s chase boat after not getting a ticket on a sold out ferry from Newport Beach to the finish at Catalina Island.

I had no idea at the time the impact this 4.5 hour journey across the channel was going to have on me or how overcome with emotion I would become as I watched this team of 9 paddlers plus their coach make their way across the channel toward the finish line in the final leg of the race. I could not control the tears streaming down my face behind my sunglasses as Westy and 5 of his female teammates (Team Canada!) worked through a grueling 35 minute final piece while their coach Doug and remaining teammates shouted words of encouragement from the support boat. I tried to yell too but every time I tried I got so choked up with emotion I couldn’t get anything out. I was in awe.

Competing in and completing the Catalina Crossing is a great accomplishment in itself. But what is so amazing to me about what this group accomplished is the fact that not only had they never paddled together as a team (not even a practice run) but most of them had never even met until the morning of the race at the start line. Some didn’t get the chance to meet and actually introduce themselves until after they crossed the finish line. And while all were experienced paddlers, for most this was their first change race (involves paddler replacements, which involve exit and entry to the canoe directly from the water while the canoe is under way). The amount of teamwork involved to get this crew of 4 US Men and 5 Canadian Women across a 27 mile ocean channel in a 6 person outrigger canoe, not knowing each other’s strengths, weaknesses, abilities, etc. is incredible.

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But there was something about this team that just worked. From the moment they sounded the horn at the start line until the exact moment they crossed the finish line, this group came together like nothing I’ve ever seen before and pushed themselves to a 2nd place finish. They absolutely killed it. The leadership, trust, patience, communication, support, focus and determination was that of a team who’d been training together for years, each bringing something special to the table.

Not everything was perfect. There were some less than graceful exits from the support boat, a paddle kicked out of the canoe, a missed change leaving only 5 people in the canoe instead of 6. But this was a team of pros overcoming every challenge, letting nothing phase them as they stayed on track battling their way to the finish.

I can’t explain exactly what caused my sudden floodgate of emotion at the end of the race. Maybe it was watching their steersman Bubba, who steered them across the entire channel only to give up his seat for the final leg to let someone else take them across the finish line who’d never experienced it before like he had. Maybe it was listening to the strong words of support and encouragement coming from Coach Doug, Bubba, Kyle, and Sean P in the boat, keeping the paddlers in the canoe going until the very end. Maybe it was the beauty of arriving in Avalon Bay being greeted by pilot whales and dolphins.

Most of all I think it was watching the sheer determination and will on the faces of the paddlers in the canoe giving everything they had to finish what they’d set out to do, knowing they were in pain, tired, near their breaking points, but never quitting even for a second. I think it was when Leanne from Team Canada shouted from the canoe ‘Come on! I want this so bad!’ and seeing everyone dig just a little deeper that I finally lost it. There is something about watching an athlete push themselves to the limit (and beyond) to achieve a goal, no matter what, that gets me.

I just want to thank Team International (Coach Doug, Westy, Kathy, Sandra, Leanne, Sean P, Christine, Kerry, Kyle, and Bubba) for letting me be a part of this truly incredible experience. You’ve each inspired me in your own way and I couldn’t be more grateful to know you.

And to Westy. I’m so proud of you. You motivate and inspire me every day and I couldn’t ask for a better teammate. There’s no one I’d rather have in my canoe than you.

-Amy Leffingwell

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Marissa Rose: ‘The 48 Hour Adventurer’

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The 48 Hour Adventurer

The real voyage of discovery consists now in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

- Marcel Proust

 One day it hit me, adventures are the best way to learn. There is a belief that exists in our society that in order to travel, to explore, to see new sights – you must quit your job and give up all sense of responsibility. I highly disagree and have found a way to always experience a sense of exploration in my life while still maintaining a 40 hour work week.

If you can learn to make the most out of your two days, just 48 hours off of work each week, I promise you will find happiness and a newfound freedom as you enjoy nature through discovering new sights.

As someone who has lived in 3 beautiful cities in under 1 year, I know what it is like to live with my eyes wide open. In a constant state of newness. We all resist change, and despise feelings of uncomfortablity. I’ve learned that when I cultivate awareness around my fear and my hesitations towards change, I actually find myself living in freedom as opposed to resisting what is meant to be.

 Even if you are living in the same home that you were born and raised in, you can still shake your life up right now for the better. There are always new experiences waiting to unfold, that are meant just for you. Be willing to feel change, to let your guard down, to create relationships with new people, and to get uncomfortable.

 One of my favorite ways to explore is to do it all alone. When was the last time you were truly alone? In silence? Reflection? Imagine what you will learn about yourself and the world you have created if you take just 10 minutes to reflect on your dreams, your aspirations, and even your fears that are holding you back.

When I’m in a state of exploration, I find moments of pure freedom, happiness, and presence. I am able to escape the threshold that life tends to keep us bound to, and instead I am able to fully let go, and just be.

So here it is. If you want to be an adventurist, an explorer, a creator of change in your own life. Follow the steps below and enjoy every moment!

1.    Ask the locals. Find out where those hidden, secret spots exist. Trust me, they are out there. You just haven’t taken the initiative to discover them just yet.

2.    Grab a backpack, load up for the day. Bring a lot of water, snacks, a journal and an inspiring book.

3.    Have absolutely NO expectations. Let go of awareness of time. Stay present. When you feel fear arise, grab your journal. Write it out, realize how silly your fear now sounds and then let it go!

4.    Be open to meeting new people, to going completely off course, to getting lost and trust that you will always find your way back home.

5.    Unplug. Turn off your eletronics. Airplane mode is my favorite. I can still take epic photos as I wander, yet stay present by tuning out what the rest of the world is up to. This is your time, keep it scared and pure.

“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

- Helen Keller

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