Showing posts with label healthy habits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy habits. Show all posts

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Healthy Habits: How to Prepare for a Juice Cleanse

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The best way to start off a new season is by detoxifying the body for a refreshing transformation, which is a typical routine in "casa de Lynsee."  Juice cleansing has become quite the "trend" throughout the nation, but it often gets misconstrued regarding its purpose.  Many people have an assumption that by doing a juice cleanse means that a weight loss of 50 pounds in two weeks will occur.  It is true that by doing any type of detox cleanse some weight loss is bound to happen; however, most of it is water weight.  Additionally, the main purpose of a juice cleanse is to allow the body to heal itself.

After consuming multiple juice cleanses over this past year, I've learned that it truly helps give my body time to heal after putting toxins in my body and get back on the healthy eating track.  For example, I was eating my fair share of pizza and cupcakes prior to the approach of Spring.  Therefore, a juice cleanse was necessary for my body.  My body and mind felt fatigued and I lost focus, but after a seasonal detox I felt amazing.

The thought of not chewing on anything edible for three days is quite frightening, especially for juice cleansing first-timers.  Hence, my latest video "How to prepare for a juice cleanse."  Check it out and let me know if you dare to try it out!  Trust me, you will feel amaze balls afterwards.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year, New You: How to Get Motivated

It's been a little while since I posted an episode of my "Fab to Fit" series, but I discovered this hidden little gem as I was going through my video archives.  What better time to showcase "How to get Motivated" than right after the New Year?  Sometimes we find ourselves getting "stuck" or distracted by other activities that we have going on in our lives that we forget to focus on what's important.  Therefore, today's post is all about getting motivated and entering the New Year with a plan!

My Steps to Getting Motivated:

1)  Make a Plan

2)  Set Goals or a Time Frame

3)  Go into it with an Open Mind

4)  Stay on Schedule - No Distractions!

5)  Create a Mood Board

6)  Build a Team or Partnership

7)  Reward Yourself

What do you like to do to get yourself motivated?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Video: Healthy Habits | 5 Easy Tips to Shed Belly Fat in 7 Days

As many of you may know, I am quite obsessive when it comes to fitness and keeping a healthy lifestyle.  Maintaining a healthy appearance both inside and out is important in building self-esteem or confidence.  I receive a lot of inquiries regarding my diet or fitness routine, so today's post features a few of my top tips for shedding stubborn belly fat along with a quick abdomen workout.  Let me know if you would like more "healthy habits" videos!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Video: Healthy Habits - My 5-Day Juice Cleanse Experience

Beauty stems from the inside-out, and one of my favorite methods for resetting my body is juice detoxing (or cleansing).  After a juice cleanse, it leaves skin looking much smoother  and gives a beautiful glow that can't be applied with makeup.  Therefore, I decided to try a 5-day juice cleanse to help remove any excess toxins from the body.  Although I've done cleanses before, a 5-day juice cleanse was a new experience and amazing to say the least.

A typical juice cleanse consists of drinking 5-6 8oz. glasses of raw juice per day, along with water and/or green tea without consuming any foods.  It seems to be trending on the west coast, with brands such as the BluePrint Cleanse, Pressed Juicery, and Jugo Fresh.  These companies will deliver juice directly to clients which is rather convenient.  For this experience, I juiced my own natural or organic fruits and vegetables because I own a Black and Decker juicer, which worked well for me.

Check out my 5-Day Juice Cleanse experience here:

Recipe used in my Green Juice (it varies, but this is the typical one that I used often):
1 bunch of Kale
1 bunch of Romaine
1 bunch of Spinach
1 bunch of celery
2 cucumbers
2 apples (green)
10 grapes

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

Happy Friday guys and dolls.  Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn't have to be dreadful.  There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory.  Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind.  Enjoy ;)

1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn't always agree with your body.  Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.  

2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children.  No?  Maybe that's just me.  The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese.  Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.

3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl's go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs.  Ben & Jerry's came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt.  It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.

4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce.  I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.

5) Pizza
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food...or food, ever.  A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin.  You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni). 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Slimming Secrets to Fit in Your Favorite Jeans This Fall

Along with the fall season upon us comes all of the tempting foods and delicious desserts throughout the holidays.  Although it can be difficult to avoid stuffing your face with all of the yummy foods, I have some of my favorite slimming secrets that will help you fit in your favorite skinny jeans during the fall season.  I'm not doing this because I am some sort of fitness expert, but more so to give you some insight on what worked for me in losing weight and keeping fit.  Taking care of your body is imperative to your health and I believe it promotes self-confidence and beauty as well.

Tip #1: Begin your day with a lean protein shake.
Rather than bulking up on a heavy breakfast loaded with carbs, like pancakes, choose to drink a lean protein shake (like Beachbody's Shakeology or GNC Lean Shake).  It will keep you satisfied until lunch time and boosts your protein intake.  Add a small fruit serving as well (i.e. a small apple or banana).

Tip #2: Eat slowly.
When you're consuming a meal, it's always helpful if you chew your food slowly because it gives your brain enough time to realize that you really are full.  Trust me, it works.  When you're eating during the holidays, choose foods that have less oil/butter and stay away from fried foods.

Tip #3: Drink a glass of water before and after each meal.
Believe it or not, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal will also help with your "sense of hunger" and it's great for your skin!

Tip #4: Go fishing.
Instead of eating red meat consistently, opt for fish because it's lower in calories than other protein selections.  I typically go for grilled tilapia or salmon and fill my plate with bright vegetables. 

Tip #5: Soup, soup, soup.
Eating soup is beneficial because it helps you feel full longer and regulate calorie-intake.  However, don't get confused with cream-based soup which is full of fat and calories.  Choose a broth-based soup and put a cap on the broccoli and cheese or clam chowder.

I hope these tips have helped you, and remember to stay away from the Halloween candy (okay, maybe a little is acceptable). 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Gourmet Tricks to a Healthier Lifestyle

A prime factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is learning to prepare meals that are good for you; however, this doesn't mean that you have to be a superior chef to do so.  When I am preparing healthy meals for myself, I tend to focus on portion control and including plenty of colorful fruits or vegetables.  One of the most recent meals I prepared was so delicious that I had to share the recipe(s) with you! 

The complete dish: Chicken breast in a Sauvignon Blanc sauce | Sweet potato mash in a bell pepper cup, honey-glazed pistachios and Brie cheese on top | Zucchini cups filled with asparagus spears and shredded carrots | Apricot relish

1) For the chicken breast, I sauteed garlic and onions in chicken broth with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc wine.  To thicken up the sauce slightly, I added a dash of cornstarch as well.

2) The apricot relish was quite simple to prepare, as I chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mixed it with diced zucchini along with a splash of lime juice and apricot preserves.

3) To make the zucchini cups, I hollowed out blocks of zucchini with a melon-baller and threw in some cooked asparagus spears.  I shredded up some carrots and placed the zucchini cups on top.

4) Finally, I prepared the last component by hollowing out half of a green bell pepper and filled it with mashed up sweet potatoes.  I topped this with honey-glazed pistachios and a few slices of Brie cheese, then I placed it in the oven to melt the cheese slightly.  Delish!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Healthy Habits: Video Tour of my Kitchen and Food Tips

Hi everyone!  For today's post, I'd like to bring you into my kitchen to show you what I stock my pantry and refrigerator with.  Since I get so many questions about my fitness and/or meal plans, I thought this would be the best way for me to answer those questions.  What better way than to bring you into my kitchen with me??  Enjoy ;)

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!

Check out the video here:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Healthy Habits: Everyday Lunch Idea

Today is a special day for me, as it's my baby boy's 1st birthday!  It's amazing to see how quickly he has grown up and I love watching him continue to grow with each day.  If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the photo I posted earlier today of the birthday boy.  This weekend I'll be hosting his birthday party with a "Young Hollywood" theme.  It's fitting, isn't it?

As for today's blog post, I thought I would show you a great everyday lunch idea that is perfect for those of you who are on-the-go, in and out of the office, or even if you work from home.

Chicken Waldorf + Hummus Wrap and Vegetable Soup
It includes a whole wheat tortilla filled with hummus, cranberries, chicken, leafy greens, shredded carrots, tomatoes, walnuts and cucumbers.  The vegetable soup is made with vegetable broth, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots and lentils with a hint of curry for flavor.  It's delicious!!  I also take this Beachbody vitamin/supplement with each meal.  What are some of your favorite healthy foods to eat for lunch?

Don't forget to check out my latest beauty tutorial here:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Favorites: Teeth Whitening Remedy

For today's Friday Favorites, I'd like to share my favorite teeth whitening remedy for all of you.  

What you will need:
A small portion of toothpaste
A small cup
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
1/2 teaspoon of water

Mix all of the ingredients in the small cup, and brush your teeth for about two minutes.  Continue this process once per week until you achieve results that you are looking for and shift to once every month or two to follow.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Healthy Habits: Seared Tuna with Bell Pepper & Chickpea Salad

Last night, I made the most delicious dish which consisted of a seared tuna filet with bell pepper and chickpea salad on top of it.  Tuna has become one of my favorite go-to meals lately.  It's so simple to make and healthy for you too.  What are some of your favorite dishes?

Seared Tuna
Cooking spray
1 tuna steak/filet
1 garlic clove
Pepper or other seasoning to taste

Bell Pepper and Chickpea Salad
2 cups of fresh green beans
2 cups of chickpeas
1 small tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
Dressing: Lemon juice, Dijon mustard and a dash of olive oil

I piled the salad on top of the seared tuna; however, you can do whatever you desire!  It's the perfect summer dish.  Enjoy =]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Top Five Tips for Losing Weight

#1: Lose the Sugar!
Many people don't realize the amount of extra calories you consume by drinking soda, juices, or other drinks that are full of sugar.  Rather than drinking beverages high in sugar, opt for water.  It's much better for your body and your skin!  There is also plenty of sugar in alcoholic drinks, so if you are looking to lose weight I suggest leaving the alcohol alone for awhile.  If you have one drink per week, then mix it with club soda or have one glass of red wine.

#2: Portion your Plate 
If you eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, it will help you with portion control.  Your plate should be no higher than an inch of food in height and should consist of primarily proteins and vegetables.

#3: Switch to Whole Grains
Limit your grains or carbohydrates to a minimum, but choose whole grains if you must.  Whole grains refers to brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pita bread, or anything that says "whole-wheat" is pretty much safer for you to consume.

#4: Egg Whites are your New BFF
There are added calories in whole eggs so switch to consuming egg whites, which are lighter and better for you.  They are the perfect breakfast with a side of turkey bacon and spinach or hard-boiled eggs are a great snack (minus the yolk).

#5: Snacks Don't Have to be Bad
If you must have a snack throughout the day, grab a handful of raw almonds (no salt added) or dried cranberries.  I also like apples with a little almond butter. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are looking to lose weight or for those of you who just want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Favorites: Party/Brunch Ideas

Happy Friday everyone!  Lately, I have been brainstorming and looking up party ideas since my baby boy is going to be 1 year old in about a month.  I've already decided on an overall theme, which I will announce in a later post.  However, I wanted to share with you some of my food ideas (because everybody loves food, right?).

Mini Dessert Cups - These look so yummy and fun for a little kid's party!  How fun would it be to make (and eat) them?

Mini Spaghetti & Meatballs - I LOVE this idea and it's been decided that I'm stealing it for Taejin's birthday party.

Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup - The traditional and simple dish

Mini BLT's - Of course I would opt out of all the mayo on these and swap for turkey bacon, but these are another option.

Mini Tacos & Tequila - Si Si!  These would be for the adult guests of course.

Mini Coffee & Donuts - After living in Miami for so long, one gets comfortable with drinking coffee after meals...and what goes better with coffee than donuts?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Typical Daily Meal Plan

Ever since I lost my baby weight, I've received many inquires about my meal plan and workout habits.  For today's post I thought I would share my typical daily meal plan.  It varies from day-to-day but this will give you an idea of how I maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I noticed a huge change in my energy levels once I began working out regularly and changing my eating habits to fit healthier guidelines.

Now I love eating healthy foods because they don't leave me feeling sluggish afterwards.  The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of my eating habits is to eat slowly and don't over-consume, drink plenty of water throughout the day and one glass before each meal, and eat five smaller meals rather than three large meals per day.  What is your typical meal plan?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Healthy Habits: Honey-Dijon Tilapia with Capellini Pasta

One of my newest healthy dishes to make is honey-Dijon tilapia with capellini pasta.  I usually don't eat much pasta or anything too high in carbohydrates; however, I always make sure to cook with whole wheat pasta when I do.  This is a quick and healthy recipe that can be made ahead or dished up for you and your friends/family the night of!  You can also put your own spin on it by using a different type of fish or vegetables as well.  Enjoy =]

Honey-Dijon Tilapia with Capellini Pasta Recipe:
5-6 tilapia filets cut in half
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup of red onion sliced
Handful of cherry tomatoes
Handful of Italian parsley
2 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon of honey mustard
1 Teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
Pepper and Garlic powder for seasoning
Pinch of cajun seasoning
Drizzle of hot sauce
Parmesan cheese for topping

Rinse off your tilapia filets and pat dry with a paper towel.  Place in a glass baking dish and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Season your fish with any seasoning of choice.  I don't use salt very often, so I opt for pepper and garlic powder with a pinch of cajun seasoning.

Toss in your vegetables and Italian parsley.  Drizzle the honey and Dijon mustard over the fish.

Add the olive oil and lemon juice to help bathe the tilapia in flavor.  Drizzle 5-6 drops of hot sauce over the mixture (optional).  Bake for about 25-30 minutes. 

Boil water and throw in your capellini pasta for about 5 minutes.

Drain the capellini, add a few filets of tilapia along with your vegetables on top of the pasta and toss with parmesan cheese.  YUM!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Favorites: My Current Loves of the Week

Here are my favorite items of the week!  Enjoy XOXO

3D White Whitestrips by Crest - These are great for a quick touch-up on your pearly whites!

Pumpkin - I love adding this to dishes to create rich flavor, yet low calories.

Lip Butters by Revlon - These are my favorite lipsticks right now, as they apply like lip gloss but feel rich and smooth

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Habits: Quick Lunch Options

Since my schedule has been so hectic lately, I am constantly looking for quick and simple lunch options that are healthy for me as well.  Eating at restaurants day to day can not only be costly, but also unhealthy for the body.  What I like to do is cook or put together some dishes for the week so I save time and stay organized.  I don't know about any of you, but I have to keep everything organized or I will go crazy.  It helps keep my life in order, especially with being a mother to a 9-month-old baby. 

Here are some of my latest healthy lunch options:

1) Small Salads - Since I like to keep my lunches fairly light, these small salads are great for a quick bite and they are easy to throw together.  I added a handful of lettuce and arugula, diced chicken, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and a vinaigrette dressing on the side

2) Wraps - These are also so easy to make and they keep well throughout the week.  I added some shredded chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, low-fat shredded cheese, red peppers, yellow peppers, and a drizzle of raspberry dressing.  I pre-package everything in advance so I can grab them quickly and I'm out the door!

3) Eggs Florentine with Turkey Bacon - This dish could apply for a quick breakfast or lunch, but I prefer eating it for lunch since it's packed with protein so it gives me a mid-day boost of energy.  I bake it ahead of time and portion it out for the week.  Enjoy the recipe!
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cups chopped spinach
  • 4 cups whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • About 5 strips of diced turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 cup low-fat shredded Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large baking dish or a 2-quart dish with cooking spray. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Add mustard, rosemary and pepper; whisk to combine. Toss spinach, bread, turkey bacon and roasted red peppers in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and toss well to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and push down to compact. Cover with foil.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking for 15 more minutes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Healthy Habits: Insanity Asylum Review

As I mentioned in a previous post, I lost my baby weight and then some (over 50 pounds) in two months by doing various lifestyle changes.  However, I was able to shed the bulk of my weight by incorporating the Insanity workout program into my daily routine.  After my fourth or fifth cycle of the program, I decided that I needed something a little more challenging.  Therefore, I purchased the next phase...Insanity Asylum.  It's nothing short of completely insane to say the least, but it's worth it.  It's geared toward athletes and those who are already in pretty good shape but want to enhance their performance.  I love it because it incorporates the same movements as Insanity, but is more controlled.

Along with the DVD's, you receive a jump rope and agility ladder for control and speed.  I recommend this product for those who need a bit of a challenge, looking to define body tone or seem to be bored with trips to the gym.  It works best for me since I have a pretty busy schedule and it helps me slip in time to workout by doing it at home.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Favorites: Current Product Loves

For today's "Friday Favorites," I've featured my favorite items of the week.  I absolutely love Bath & Body Works candles and candle holders.  They create a sleek finish to your candles to make any room look incredible, in addition to their delicious scent.  As most of you know, I have a slight obsession with LUSH products because they are handmade and the quality is unbelievable.  Therefore, I have featured one of their face masks which leaves my face feeling smooth and defined.  As for nutritional items, I have been snacking on these Flax crackers with hummus as a healthy snack.  I also featured Ronzoni's Healthy Harvest whole wheat pasta because it's a great substitute for the classic white pasta which is not as healthy for you.  Enjoy your weekend ladies and gents!  XOXO.