Looking to get fitter, leaner, happier? + Holistic Chick goes on vacation

Hey there guys and gals! How in the world are you?

Well, I hope.

As for me, I’ve changed my name and my game! Holistic Chick, well, she took a vacation…and she never came back.

She was stressed, ya know? That girl wanted to fix the world, but the world didn’t want to be fixed!

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So Holistic Chick is relaxing on a beach somewhere in my heart nursing a GMO-free, certified organic Pina Colada while I have been at work revamping my entire bizz!

These days you can find me online as Ashley Lynn, Health coach. I’ve been as busy as a bumble bee with motherhood, of course, and in addition I’ve recently begun working with clients again! I’m running monthly boot camps and online accountability groups. It’s been incredible, to say the very least.

I’m doing what I LOVE; motherhood AND coaching! I feel so blessed beyond expression.

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I have a new WordPress website that I will be updating frequently, and I planned on deleting this site after directing you over there…but I find that I can’t.

As insignificant as this blog may be in the wide, wide scheme of things, all 69 of you who followed and read what I had to say meant something to me.

So I can’t bring myself to delete this account. Like ever. I appreciate every one of you like-minds.

If you are interested in coming along with me in this new direction, still with a passion for truth and organic life, PLEASE DO! 

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While coaching incredible women and mothering three incredible children I have discovered uncharted strength within me, and I want to help other women tap into their inner strength as well.

If you are looking to get fitter, stronger, healthier, happier – please hop over to my new page and follow! I will be answering life’s questions over there plus posting weekly inspirational and game-changing informative content! 🙂

Ashleylynnfitness.com

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I update Facebook and Instagram DAILY

www.facebook.com/AshleyLynnHealthCoach

Thank you all for your support through the years – I love you all and hope to stay in contact. ❤

Heal psoriasis quickly

I lived with psoriasis for YEARS not knowing how bad it would get as time went on. What a scary feeling!

I now live totally in control of this disease! If life circumstances do bring about a flare up, I know exactly what to do to clear it up and be symptom free once again. Yay!

My heart aches for people living in the dark with this disease; I know how embarrassing it can be.

Follow these 7 steps/tips to living symptom free SOON! You can heal faster than you think.

Circumcision – a cosmetic procedure?

Between three kids and home school I have less time to blog than ever, though I find myself WANTING to blog more than ever. It is a comfort to me to be able to share in this space, and I thank you so much for allowing me to do so!

For now it is difficult to find the time to write and edit, but I really have wanted to touch on the subject of circumcision and share with you my thoughts and understanding of the highly debated topic!

Here’s my quick video. Due to convenience I’m going to be doing more in the way of vlogging, so if you would like to see more holistically minded content and you don’t mind the (temporary) poor video quality, please subscribe below!

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Very young children and green juice – smart?

When my daughter was … she had to have been between six and eight months old as I remember she was not yet on solids, I fed her first taste of dark green juice. I hadn’t intended to, but I was making my morning juice as usual and she reached out from her little play pen and up towards my cup. I gave her a taste in a glass baby bottle and the rest, as they say, is history.

She LOVED that green juice, and at the time I couldn’t help feeling so smug and proud! Finally, I’m going to do this right! I’m going to have one of the worlds healthiest kids! As I will explain in a future post, this was not how things would eventually play out. Did juice play a part in her issues? I don’t know.

Like I said, I’ll get to that.

HOWEVER, green juice HAS served us well, and I’m not knocking it in any way. I would simply advice past me to wait on giving that girl the green juice until she was old enough to understand the concept of “chewing” her juice.

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Yeah, juice should be “chewed”, or more accurately, swished. Juice has long been held on a pedestal by many in the health community, including myself, as a miracle food that “doesn’t even require digestion!“. While it is true that juice can be considered a miracle food, it’s not exactly true that it requires no digestion.

What happens if it doesn’t get swished?

Well, it’s said to be akin to drinking sugar-water in a sense. Mixing the juice around in your mouth blends it with your salivary amylase, which is important because this enables your body to properly use the juice and absorb those nutrients you worked so hard to extract!

So, take Austin’s advice and swish, swish, swish!

Homemade PB and Caramel Cups

I LOVE making healthy alternative sweets! While I certainly don’t consider peanut butter to be a health food, sometimes you’ve just got to have a peanut butter cup, and this is a way better option!

This recipe is yet to be perfected, but I’ll share now because it’s so much fun and SO simple 🙂 The kids LOVE them and love to help!

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PB cup ingredients ( all are available in Homer at Anchor Point Natural Foods ):

You will need, in no exact measurements ~

* natural style peanut butter or nut butter of your choice ( a fabulous alternative would be a homemade *soaked nut butter )

* raw cocao powder

* raw cold pressed coconut oil

* pure maple syrup or sweetener of choice

* raw coconut butter ( some brands have a bit of a ‘cakey’ consistency )

* vegan or natural sprinkles

* finely shredded coconut meat

* cupcake foils

* cupcake pan

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What I do:

1) First lay the cupcake foils out in the pan

2) Next heat together in a pan 2 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs cocao, and 2 tbs maple syrup, or to taste

3) Pour desired amount of chocolate into the bottom of the cupcake foils and place in the freezer

4 ) In a bowl mix together in a ratio of 2:1:1:1 or to taste, the peanut butter, coconut butter, shredded coconut and sprinkles

5) Remove cupcake tray; stuff foils with desired amounts of your peanut butter mixture and smooth out with a spoon

6) With a spoon drizzle remaining chocolate ( melt more if needed ) on top

7) Sprinkle on top shredded coconut and plenty of SPRINKLES

8) Place in the freezer for 40 mins – 1 hour; remove and let thaw for 1 – 2 mins before peeling the paper off and serving

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Caramel cup ingredients: 

Caramel filling – 

* pure maple syrup or coconut sugar

* 1 tbs raw almond butter

* 20 soft medjool dates

* a pinch of sea salt

Fudge base – 

* 1/4 cup soaked raw pecans

* 1/4 cup soaked cashews

* 8 soft medjool dates

* 2 – 3 tbs raw cocao powder

Chocolate coating – 

* raw coconut oil

* raw cold pressed coconut oil

* pure maple syrup or sweetener of choice

What I do:

1) First lay the cupcake foils out in the cupcake pan

2) In a food processor blend together the pecans, cashews, 8 dates and cocao powder

3) Press the ‘fudge’ into the bottom of the foils and place in the freezer

4) In a food processor or Vitamix blend together your sweetener, 20 dates, almond butter and sea salt – all to taste – until smooth

5) Remove cupcake tray from freezer and stuff as desired with caramel filling; replace in freezer

6) Melt together 2 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs maple syrup and 2 tbs cocao, or to taste

7) Remove tray from freezer and with a spoon cover the caramel with desired amount of chocolate

8) Freeze for 1 hour

9) Remove and let thaw for 3 – 4 minutes before peeling off cupcake foils and serving 🙂

ENJOY and have fun with your kids in the kitchen!! XOxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Living Tip: Raw Honey for Immune Strength

For those in the local area, tune into Alaska Matters Radio every Tuesday at 12:30pm on KGTL am & fm 100! It’s been dubbed the greatest show on Earth! For those out of state, no worries, you can still podcast episodes at www.adventurealaskaradio.com 

Here is my healthy living tip from this weeks show – how honey can boost your immune system and overall health!

My personal fave >
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Stay tuned for weekly tips that will help you in taking control of your health!
Peace, and have fun with your healthy living! XO
P.s. ~ Never forget to keep your OnGuard ON HAND during cold and flu season!

Almond Butter No Bake Cookies ( Sugar Free )

These are my kids all time favorite cookies! My mom makes them to have ready at all times whenever they go to her house, and she has graced us today by sharing her beloved secret recipe with the world 🙂

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Ingredients :

* 1 cup quick cooking oats

* 1/2 cup ground flax seeds or flax meal ( For a fresher, nuttier taste it is fun to blend your own! Do you have a coffee grinder? )

* 1/2 cup almond butter or natural style peanut butter

* 1/3 cup honey ( preferably local raw honey of course 🙂 )

* 1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs ( you can find these in your local health food store or online )

* 1 dash of sea salt

* 1 small splash of pure vanilla extract OR liquid vanilla stevia

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Directions :

#1) Simply combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and blend with a spoon or by hand until you have a very thick and “oaty” consistency.

#2) Roll out into 1″ balls and place on a plate.

#3) Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cookies reach the desired firmness.

#4) ENJOY!

Immune Building Detox Smoothie

Looking for something absolutely delicious that is fairly low in natural sugar? Look no further my friend 🙂 This beautiful detoxifying smoothie will not only leave you glowing from the inside out, but will strengthen your immune defenses as well!

This recipe is Kid-Approved with a thumbs up, and is a great way to sneak in their daily alkalizing veggies 😉

Enjoy!

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* 3/4 cup of water

* 2 stalks of celery

* 1 large cucumber

* 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on preference

* 1/2 lemon, peeled

* 1/2 green apple

* 1 red bell pepper

* 2 1/2 cups of raspberries, frozen or unfrozen

* Optional – For extreme immune defense, add 1 drop of doTerra Oregano oil

* 1/2 cup of lime “infused” chia seeds

        (   – 2/3 cup dry chia seeds

           – 2 cups of water

           – 3 or 4 drops of lime essential oil

           – soak for a minimum of 15 minutes    )

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Blend together the cucumber, celery, avocado, lemon, apple, bell pepper and raspberries with the water, Wild Orange and Oregano.

Stir in your lime flavored chia seeds after you are finished blending, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe serves 3 – 4 people. I do hope you enjoy, and be sure to subscribe for upcoming recipes!

Happy healthy eating!

XO

Shift Your Perception of Perfection! Smile Big & Often :D

* * *    “I want to keep trying, but I’m tired of starting over AGAIN, just to fail AGAIN 😦 !”  * * * 

If you are not continuously falling down on your path, it is because you you are not moving forward!

Everyone that you look up to, not only in the health and fitness industry, but in EVERY facet of life, has gotten to where they are ONLY because they never tired of starting over again!

Life is hard. It is about frustration and sadness as much as it is about happiness. Most of us fall into the trap of believing that to achieve our goals and to reach success means that we will experience little to no negative feelings; that everything will be perfect once we are perfect.

We will NEVER be perfect!

The knowledge that we are always going to face trial and error can be a slightly tough pill to swallow, but by accepting this you are actually paving a much smoother road ahead.

The ability to laugh it off and get back on the horse is the most invaluable trait you can possess throughout your journey to health and wellness. Trust me.

* * *    So – how do I start?   * * * 

Step #1: Shift your perception of perfection

Let’s do some visualization for a moment. Close your eyes and envision your success. You have achieved all that you are working so hard for right now; everything is now your ideal perfection. Weight, relationships, career, confidence – everything.

You might have done this many times before. What would be different about your past visions if success meant/included some of the smaller failures that have frustrated and even completely derailed you in times of perceived ‘weakness’?

As you will see, adjusting  your perception of perfection to allow for these little stumbles and slips actually doesn’t look like a vision too far from your current reality – at least not in comparison with the nearly unachievable image you might have previously pictured.

Step #2: Smile often!

I would not advise you to hold back tears in a moment of stress, but I defiantly advise that you smile BIG and often, especially in times when you feel you have failed yourself. It’s ok to feel sadness, and even compassion for yourself, but a hugely proactive practice for you to adopt can be to learn how to laugh at yourself.

All in good humor of course – never be demeaning of yourself! Having a sense of humor about a mild situation can be a much healthier approach than self degradation, which will NOT bring you to success any faster ( and is possibly the biggest thing standing between you and your goals ).

That’s it – two simple steps!

With practice you can shift your understanding of perfection, and by doing so you are not only speeding up the process by making goals that are attainable, but you are creating a more joyful and fulfilling experience all around.

And of course, laughter is always beneficial for the soul 🙂

‘I Eat Kale’ Starring Nevaeh Lee

Getting kids to eat their veggies can be a difficult task,
however with a positive outlook, I promise that it CAN be done!

The trick is to change their perception of vegetables from “Yuck but Mom says I have to”, to “Wow we always have fun when the veggies are out!”

It helps to make every “green experience” they have be all about fun and games. Always keep up a positive attitude about it, respect that there are certain tastes they will need to grow into, and of course the age-old, “You will grow big and strong” truth never hurts 😀

Lastly, don’t forget the most important piece to raising veggie lovin/toleratin kids – take the pressure off yourself by removing any expectations! It’s OK if your kids don’t like kale right out of the gate, the important thing is that you are introducing them to it!

Lead by example and you can never go wrong! Keep up the good work Moms and Dads XO