Healthy Tips for Life

By Daniela Garcia
Web Content Contributor

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Summer is almost here. It will arrive approximately on Sunday, June 21  (Father’s Day in America).

But it already feels like summer.

But what does this mean then? It means you have a couple of weeks on your plate to get all the junk food off of it! Get rid of your chips, your cavity-inducing candy and chocolates, quit sipping on that carbonated beverage, and reduce your drinking to water and all natural juices.

Maybe you have already began the process of making your life healthier, and not just for the sole intention of losing weight. This is a great first step! Wanting to healthify (it’s not a word but let’s pretend) your body to feel better is a strong mindset. Personally, every time I have attempted to *clears throat* healthify my body with the intention of losing weight primarily, I fail. After some time, I got to know myself a little bit better and how I work so I understood there needed to be a bigger motivation. Isn’t wanting to feel better about yourself already a good-enough motivation to change your eating habits and implement exercise into your daily routine? For me it wasn’t.

Due to personal health issues that had severely damaged my overall condition, I turned to what I’d researched as the healthiest option for a lifestyle, veganism. Since then it’s been a challenging transition from meat-eater lover of cheeseburgers and rotisserie chicken to absolutely no animal by products whatsoever. Eventually I settled for a temporary lifestyle of vegetarianism because it was such a big change for my health. I have zero regrets over having gone vegan. I do feel tremendously guilty over taking a step back and adapting a vegetarian lifestyle instead because of my guilty pleasure of consuming cheese but I find it easier to avoid meat much easier now. That is all about I will say about myself and how I found myself trying different recipes for natural energy and detoxification as a vegetarian. Here are a few recipes that are worth trying.

Detox Water

What You’ll Need:

-Fruits of any kind that you can chop up and place in a drink container ( I used the following)

-5 organic strawberries

-1 organic lemon

-4-5 organic mint leaves

-1/2 organic small apple

-filtered water

Steps:

1. Wash all of your ingredients prior to cutting to ensure cleanliness.

2. Remove stems, ends, seeds, and stickers from ingredients.

3. Slice your strawberries and lemon, chop up your apple, tear mint leaves from stems. Find a container you can fill with all of your fruit which you can also add water to and seal. Place all of the ingredients in the container then add water. You will have to leave the fruits in enough time for them to expel their magic! I left my container inside the fridge for a little over 12 hours. So it’s a great idea to plan ahead if you’d like to start healtifying your life the next day.

The next day you will have something that will resemble this beauty.

Photo credit to self.
Detox water. Photo credit to self

I tried a different combination that was much simpler that consisted of one lemon and four mint leaves using the same process. Here’s what that looked like.

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One lemon, four mint leaves version. Photo credit to self

This is a great morning refresher you can take before your daily routine that should boost your energy but more importantly help you get rid of all of those nasty buggers inside you we can call toxins. They taste delicious.

So here’s the thing. Part of living a healthy lifestyle consists of proper diet and some exercise. You don’t really have to push yourself to an unlikely extreme within which you are bound to fail. It starts from within. Being selective in what you put in your body will be the key to achieving an overall health stability.

Now, I’m no dietician/nutritionist but I have spent the last couple of years learning more about food, exercise and how it all affects the human body because of said personal health issues. So I can guarantee you will not only see a change, but feel it.

Juicing

Needless to say, not all juice recipes smell or taste as delicious as others but they work wonders. What kind of wonders? Wonders for the skin, for your energy, your digestive system…I mean I can go on. Unfortunately you would have to invest in a juicer if you don’t already have access to one.

What You’ll Need:

1 cup Organic Kale
1 cup Organic Spinach
1 cup Organic Carrots (remove top end)
1 organic lemon (peel and remove seeds)

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In preparation. Photo credit to self

Steps:

1. Wash your ingredients!

2. Turn on your juicers and start putting in your ingredients one at a time (this makes for a cool aesthetic effect, you can also mix it thoroughly afterwards)

Here’s how much you’ll really need.

The result is a not-so-great-smelling juice that if you simply choose not to smell, will taste pretty good. But really, don’t inhale the kale. This was a great post-workout drink that filled me up somewhat but seemed to be a negative calorie intake anyway!

Now, I won’t overwhelm you with ingredients and recipes but I’d like to end on a positive note. I committed to making my life even healthier by cutting down on my cheese intake so it’s been a couple of days and I have already seen results on the scale! But remember, it’s not about losing weight, it’s about healthifying your life. Adding at least 30-60 minutes of walking or other exercise to your routine will speed up the process.

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Finished product. Photo credit to self

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