Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cold-Pressing is Hot!

The Love Cleanse Green Juice, available cold-pressed at People's RX in Austin, TX 

I’ve recently experienced a rekindling for my love of juice. No stranger to its effects, I’ve been drinking the juice most days, for years. And as any of you who have been through our programs know, we’ve been devoted fans, getting you on the juice too. But as I began working on our TLC Seasonal Cleanses this past year, I’ve turned myself into my own guinea pig experimenting with different cleanse levels, new products, different food combos and different amounts of juice.

Inevitably, More Juice = More Vitality, More Happiness, More Satiation, More Glowing. When combined with my food foundation - eating foods that work, avoiding those that don’t, higher volumes of juice (especially a certain type which I’ll reveal in a moment) unlocked a superhero force, a secret weapon as powerful as any cape or bracelet.

Our mantra has been ‘become addicted to feeling good’. Over time of feeling great, the mantra shifts to ‘become addicted to feeling even better. 

This is why I’m so excited to let you know about a powerful new tool in supporting this healthy addiction. Cold-Pressed Juice is a revolution sweeping both coasts and now making it’s way to Austin. Why all the hype? It contains 3-4 times the nutrients, can be stored for three days (unlike other juices, which must be consumed immediately or within the same day) and the difference in flavor makes other juices taste like water in comparison.

Our brand new partners are the first to offer cold-pressed juices and you can pick up a cold-pressed version of The Love Cleanse Juice at these innovative locales: People’s Pharmacies (4 locations), the new downtown Daily Juice and coming soon to JuiceLand.

Whether cold-pressed or traditional, our alkalizing TLC toddies are on menus all over town and drinking your daily juice has never been easier. Wanna make your own juice at home? Greenling’s juice kits make it a breeze! Check out our brand new Juice Page for all of the latest. 

Combine daily cold-pressed TLC juice with your Food Bloom and you might find yourself leaping tall buildings in a single bound!

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Road Warrior Tip

Kathy Kerr is on the road all week every week and has some great tips for successfully navigating the program while traveling! Empowerment in restaurants makes the benefits sustainable. Check out these real-life notes in the field, to see how Kathy makes it work for her.

From Kathy:
“After lots and lots of discussion with the waiter, he finally got it that I didn't want the fish and vegetables cooked in any sauce - I made him write down, no dairy, soy or gluten on the pad and had him show it to me - challenging but I am learning if I am persistent they will get it. Food came out great and frankly mine looked a thousand times better than the people who ordered the same thing swimming in a white wine butter sauce.” 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How Sam Became a Morning Man

Sam Kindard: BazaarVoice Software Development Engineer, Longhorn Fan, Good times/Good friends Gallivanting around Austin

Sam's Food Bloom:
  • Weight Lost: 11.5 pounds
  • Energy Upon Waking: "2" to "7.5-8"
  • 4-8PM Energy: "4" to "7.5-8"
  • Cravings: "8" to "0"
  • Hunger: "8" to "1"
  • Irritability: "7.5" to "2"
  • Itchy Eyes: "4" to "0"

New Favorite Foods:
Sam'which: Romaine Lettuce Leaves for the "bread" + Stone Ground Mustard + Oven Roasted Turkey + Fried Egg

Happy Foods: Turkey makes me feel like a super star! I am definitely not a natural vegetarian because I responded very well when I introduced that animal protein.

Intolerant Foods Discovered: 

  • Nightshades and Citrus cause me all kinds of problems. They make me feel pretty grumpy and mess with my energy levels and digestion.

From Sam:
"The program was really great for me. It was difficult to change my eating habits at first but once I got into the swing of it I found it pretty easy to maintain. I didn't go into the program caring about weight loss but I did end up losing about 10 pounds anyway and boy does it feel great!"
- Sam Kinard

Can food make us look younger?

I have witnessed such a tremendous impact in my own skin vitality, that I now encourage our clients to measure and embrace their Skin Glow. I know this can be a tough one for us ladies to own and I get it, who wants to gaze at themselves every day analyzing their glow? This is why, when walking through the tracker together, I always let clients know this area may be harder to gage on your own.

But who doesn’t love being stopped in the hall to have a colleague rave about how good you look? Many of our clients are surprised when other people inquire about their glow but it’s the best way to know. We hear it all the time in the daily tracker notes, “Wow, you were so right, someone told me how amazing I looked and asked me what I was doing!” Hence the power of food.

Here are biggest steps to truly reverse wrinkles and increase your glow:

  • Find and Remove food intolerances: Any foods creating inflammation can add years of age on the skin.
  • Eat Alkalizing Veggies like kale, broccoli, spinach and chard.
  • Drink Green Veggie juice every day. Find TLC Juice here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Alpine Avocado Vinaigrette

Over the past four years, we've scoured the grocery stores in search of a compliant salad dressing that we could recommend for our programs. It had to be free of preservatives, junk oils, possible inflammatory ingredients and sugars. A seeming conundrum, nothing presented itself. Until now. 

We are thrilled to add a creamy, tasty, truly healthy salad dressing to our programs. Alpine Avocado Salad Dressing, is prepared from real ingredients – avocado, garlic, green onion, 100% extra virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar.

Soon to be found at People’s Pharmacy in The Love Cleanse section and available for delivery by Greenling Organics.

Sikil P'ak

Rich, deep, earthy flavors make this pumpkin seed dip perfect for fall. Have any late summer tomatoes from the garden? They would make a perfect addition! 
  • 1 1/4 cup raw, green, hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 small to medium tomatoes
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Himalayan Salt to taste
  • Warm water as needed
If desired:
  • Add a jalapeño or two if a spicier final product is desired (check the pepper for spice level before throwing into the blender)
  • Lime juice, if citrus works for you, is a lovely way to brighten up this dip.
  • Garlic lovers, feel free to add 1-2 cloves
Over medium heat, lightly toast the pumpkin seeds, taking care not to burn by continuously stirring. This will bring out their natural oils and hence, lots of flavor. When slightly fragrant and beginning to brown, take off heat and transfer to high powered blender or food processor. Blend until powdery. 

In same pan, over high heat roast tomatoes until black spots appear on skin and tomato flesh is soft (about 8 minutes or so). Again, we're layering serious flavors here and the tomatoes take on a lovely, earthy quality when even very lightly roasted. If using jalapeño add to tomatoes and let blacken a bit as well. 

Remove tomatoes from heat. When cooler to the touch, peel and add to blender with seeds, cilantro, cumin, Himalayan salt. Add a tablespoon of warm water to get started and blend all ingredients. Continue to add water by the tablespoon as needed until you reach a creamy consistency. Dip shouldn't be at all runny, but loose enough to be able to use as a dip or spread. Although, thinned out further would probably make a great sauce for some steamed veggies! 

Seeds are natural thickeners and if the next day after being refrigerated, you find the dip is too thick for your taste simply add a bit of water and either stir or blend. Topping with a bit of fresh olive oil, cilantro and a few pumpkin never hurts either.

Serve your favorite selection of fresh veggies, seed crackers or corn chips. 

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of dip.