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So…What am I Supposed to Eat?

When I’m asked for help in regards to nutrition and/or exercise, I have always feared sounding like a know-it-all. Being that way doesn’t feel natural to me. But I also get an overwhelming amount of questions like, “so, what am I supposed to eat?”

Speaking from experience and simply explaining how I do things feels incredibly natural, though. That slight changing of gears (in my mindset & approach) in helping others become the healthiest version of themselves has been huge.

Something I’ve witnessed with folks that are looking to become healthier, lose weight, regain vitality &/or boost energy is….

an overwhelming sense of paralysis due to fear & information overload in regards to food.

What’s good for you? What’s not? But, that website said I shouldn’t eat this? So, should I? Why am I breaking out? Is that my body detoxing? Why am I not losing weight? Do I need to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free blah, blah, blah, blah? Is low fat good? Or should I limit sugar? What about eating frequently throughout the day? Snacks? Eating late? How much protein do I need? Do I need to buy organic food? What’s the big deal about raw food?

Holy cow.

That’s what I mean. Can you say: Oh-ver-load!

Recent discussions in the food world, especially in healthy-minded communities have reached an all-time high–or at least it seems that way. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of it now because I am completely submerged in this world.

Like ANYTHING else in life. I find that the solution is simple & concise:

Ditch rules. Think: Eat to feel good.

Now, I get that many brains will completely come unwired to that idea. There has to be more to it, many must think. Well, I can break it down a little bit farther for those brains. Here are some things I keep in mind & how I would describe my daily eating choices (I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life)…

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How I do it:

-Loads of: plants, superfoods, alkaline-forming foods

-Look to healthy fats & protein for fuel (limit refined sugar–it’s more of a cheap thrill. Too much promotes internal acidity. FRUIT is not in this category. Eat your fruit!)

-When grocery shopping, think: organic, raw, fresh.

-Drink lots of water. Basically as much as you can stand. Water helps everything in your body operate more optimally.

-Appreciate food again. Get excited to eat GOOD FOR YOU food. Don’t rush everything. Savor the subtle flavors of everything.

You might be thinking….so what about the dietary restrictions?

I find that (life is like this, too) when I focus my energy on all of those good things going into my body, I don’t have room for the extra junk. Thus, foods like processed grains, dairy, junk food, soda, other miscellaneous garbage food don’t find their way into my daily nutrition often because there’s no room for them. Does that make sense?

It’s like overwhelming your body with “positive,” good foods (like you overwhelm your mind with postitive thoughts to stay happy), so much so, that you don’t leave any room for the negative stuff that sucks the life out of you. You see, it’s all connected. It’s not diet is one isolated aspect & mindset is another isolated aspect of you. The same mantras can & do apply to every facet of your well being. Just apply them and life just becomes easier. You become healthier. That fog lifts. You end up looking in the mirror one day and feeling like you are becoming little Jesica again. Young, spry, capable, healthful without a care in the world. Well, maybe that’s just me. But MAN, it’s an incredible feeling–hard to describe really. AND it all starts with how you fuel your body and your mentality going into it.

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DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

ChristinasStory

Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

OMG Organic Meets Good Protein & Superfood Supplement Review

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“OMG” Organic Meets Good Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’m always intrigued and immensely interested in trying new, organic supplements. I learned of this brand, “OMG”, after searching on Twitter for new, high quality options. I was immediately impressed with all of the literature I had found on these products. Here is a bit of information about this company and what their mission:

“Who We Are:

It all started with a group of passionate globe trekkers who traveled around the world in search of the finest organic superfood ingredients. We developed uniquely formulated blends, creating some of the healthiest and tastiest products on the planet. All of our items are made with passion, a strong sense of social-consciousness, and nutrients that are beneficial to your well-being. We strive to make living organically and actively much simpler. We invite you to try some of our products and superfood your day!

Our Three Principles:

1. Provide healthy and tasty products
Ready to create some change in your diet? We make it easy. We create organic products with powerful nutritional value and great taste that you can add to simple, everyday recipes for an extra boost. While we work with expert formulators to create products of the highest quality, we understand that there’s always room for new and exciting ideas. This is why we welcome and appreciate your suggestions. We aim to make our products the best they can possibly be because we know that organic should always meet good.

2. Encourage an environmentally friendly and organic lifestyle
Think organic and go green with OMG! We believe that the earth is our home and that we have a responsibility in preserving it. This is why we encourage eco-friendly and organic farming methods, as well as the consumption of organic products. We understand the valuable benefits that a truly organic product has on keeping our bodies and our world clean and alive.

3. Promote global awareness
Pack your bags and come take a virtual journey with us around the world! We want to introduce you to the magnificent regions from which our ingredients come so you can learn more about their rich cultures and realities. After all, we are all just part of one big puzzle called Mother Earth.”

I was lucky enough to sample two of OMG’s superfood powders and even their newly created quinoa based protein based powder.

Quinoa Based Protein Powder

OMG’s Description:

“The first ever quinoa based protein powder. Our formula is organic, vegan, delicious and practical to use. It’s for people who want a protein boost with superfoods like quinoa, hemp, coconut and sacha inchi. It boasts no sugar added, non-GMO, vegan, 100% organic, gluten free, allergen free and with a delicious taste. We do our best to bring the raw materials directly from the source; we import the quinoa and sacha inchi directly from the producers in Peru. There’s simply never been a product quite like this one so help us bring it to the marketplace and be among the first to try it!

The new product will have 10.5 grams of organic protein per 30g serving. It will be available both as a stand-up pouch with 15 servings per package and a box with 12 single serve pouches. It the convenient way to superfood your day with added protein at home or on-the-go.

The combination of ingredients makes it easy to digest. It is the perfect complement to the diet of vegans and vegetarians or people with intolerance to other sources of protein. The powder can be mixed into cereals, smoothies, shakes, bars, and more. But we can’t do it without you so donate and pick your pre-order today!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I feel lucky to have sampled a serving of this protein that is still being tweaked and formulated. It is excellent; it tastes earthy, delicious and satisfying. I mixed it with almond milk in a blender bottle and it was delicious. I am a huge fan of plant based proteins and am excited for OMG to generate more of this power protein concoction!

Check out and support (if you’d like) their campaign to produce more of this quinoa protein blend here.

Maqui Berry Antioxidant Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Add the Antioxidant Powder to a smoothie, dressing, or your daily granola and superfood your day! Maqui Berry has one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruit known. Antioxidants may help to remove free radicals from the body, that could lead to a decrease in cell damage, and ultimately assist in the anti-aging process. In addition to the antioxidants from Maqui Berries, our Antioxidant Maqui Berry superblend contains several other amazing ingredients like acai powder and a green tea extract, both of which have beneficial compounds. The green tea extract scored more than 10,000 ORAC units per gram! Together, these ingredients give you powerful and tasty boost for your daily intake of antioxidants.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’d never heard of this berry before, but it sounds nutritionally dense and full of antioxidants that help keep our cells in tip top shape. It tastes rich and reminds me a lot of a blueberry mixed with a blackberry. I added this Maqui berry powder to my smoothie (with vanilla protein powder) and it was a nice, fruity compliment & antioxidant punch with the protein.

I loved trying this product and I love how easy it is to consume–simply mixed into my daily smoothie/drink. Berry yummy!

Pomegranate Vitamin Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Pomegranate has been consumed for centuries for its magnificent properties. With its high quantity of vitamins, it may help strengthen our bodies’ immune systems.* Our pomegranate superblend combines ingredients like Camu Camu powder, maqui berry powder, and a booster that contains Curry, Guava, Lemon, Sesbania, Amla, Holy Basil and Annato extracts,  providing substantial amounts of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, iron, and potassium, just to name a few. Just add the Vitamin powder to a yogurt, shake or any other food in need of vitamins and tasty boost! You won’t be disappointed.

My Description & Thoughts:

This product is similar in texture to the Maqui berry powder and has a sweet, fruit flavor. I am slightly biased to the pomegranate flavor because I am familiar with it and find it delectable.

Like the Maqui powder, this Pomegranate powder goes well in a smoothie or simply with almond/coconut milk. I see it as adding a healthy vitamin boost to my drink. Both of these products have been in the rotation when making my smoothies and I’ve been very happy with both of them.

These OMG products are a dream to individuals who are on the constant search for plant based foods to supplement the current diet.

Share*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.