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.

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

‘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

Cravings-Why Your Body Wants What it Wants & How to Change it’s Mind!

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Yesterday I talked about calorie phobia, and why it’s not at all necessary http://holisticchickblog.com/2013/06/02/will-fruit-make-me-fat/. I told you that your body is never wrong, and now, as promised, I will elaborate on that and break down CRAVINGS as well with a quick Q & A ~

Q: What is the main cause behind my cravings?

A: In short, many things trigger and can contribute to cravings. Lets take a look at some of them now –

1) Your primary foods are out of balance – Primary foods consist of everything in your life that nourishes you body, mind and soul. Work life, relationships, recreation, sexuality and spirituality all contribute to your overall health, and when balanced, these components of your life make up your primary forms of nourishment. Foods you eat then become your secondary foods, as they are only your secondary forms of nourishment. Stress in any one of these areas will make you crave carbs, sweets and starches. This is because eating these things triggers your body to release endorphins, your natural happy drug.

2) You’re low on essential vitamins and minerals – It is entirely possible, and in fact very common, to be overweight, overfed, and yet starving to death for nutrients. In general, Americans eat ( here is where our carb/calorie phobia was born ) calories in excess that are empty of substance. Our stomach feels full from the weight of what we ate, and we put on the poundage of what we ate, but our bodies are still screaming at us to consume the essential compounds they need in order to keep functioning properly. Thus, we constantly crave more.

3) You are ( and crave ) what you eat – You’ve heard it before, every 35 days or so your skin replaces itself, using what you ate. The same is true of every cell in your body. Your cells are constantly replacing themselves, and they use what you eat to do it. Naturally, your cells crave more of what they are made of in order to nourish and replace themselves. You crave what you are made of.

4) You’re eating partial foods – And this directly ties into #2. You’ve hear the term ‘whole foods’ before, right? It really is a concept as simple as it sounds, but most of us are confused at first about what it actually means to eat a whole food diet. When we eat the SAD diet ( standard American Diet ) we’re consuming empty calories, and a lot of foods that have been stripped down, or ‘cut’. For instance, vegetables, fruits, clean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes – are all whole foods, pure in their original forms. Now candies, microwave dinners, prepackaged foods, frozen pizzas and ice cream – not whole. They consist are parts of foods all combined together as ingredients to create a new meal.

Foods eaten the way nature intended, pure and whole in their original form, are completely usable in your body. Remember I said your body is never wrong? It isn’t, it’s very smart. Your mind can over think anything, and often does, especially related to ‘diets’ and phads. Just because a phad diet makes sense to your brain, however, doesn’t mean for one second that it will make sense to your body.

When you eat a 100 calorie treat that your brain has decided is a very smart choice, your body is processing this load of combined ‘partial foods’, and saying, “what is this and where are all the missing pieces?” Your body is only designed to eat whole foods, and so when it realizes that something is missing from the equation, it tells you to find the rest! In this way, your cravings are often your body’s search, and nothing to do with your emotions or boredom.

Q: I’m overwhelmed. What steps should I take first, and how long will it take to get rid of my cravings? 

A: My number one recommendation – don’t go it alone! This is where my job often comes in as a Health Coach, to act as a support system and a guide as you make goals and figure out what you need to do in order to reach them. You might also consider seeing a counselor, therapist, or some other kind of lifestyle coach who can help you get your primary foods in order. Your emotional wellbeing and happiness needs to come first for you to succeed.

Once you get a system in place for either healing/managing your emotional distress or eating a whole food diet, results always vary, but you can expect to begin seeing your cravings diminish within anywhere from 5 – 10 days in. Lifestyle changes are never easy, but with your primary foods balanced and someone you can lean on during the difficult times, theres nothing you can’t overcome!

Happy living guys!

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Brown Rice ~ Benefits & Caution

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( one of my favorite post work out meals ~ eggs straight from the farm to our kitchen, and organic whole grain brown rice )

My husband and I LOVE brown rice! We literally would be contented to never eat anything beyond brown rice dishes again if it came down to it. So – in light of our affinity for brown rice ( & the many pictures you’ve seen if you follow me on Instagram @holisticchicks ) it’s high time I posted about the incredible benefits of this wonder food, as well as a word of caution at the end.

An excellent source of fiber, magnesium, zinc*, and vitamin B-6, organic whole grain brown rice has incredible healing powers and can be a fabulous addition to any weight loss or otherwise healing regimen. Containing over one hundred different antioxidants, the bran on brown rice is held in the highest regard among health enthusiasts, and even considered to be the most nutritious substance ever studied.

Brown rice constitutes for a complete meal all on its own, or can fill in as a perfect carbohydrate side dish with any protein source – a favorite post workout meal for the serious athlete. Because it has a low glycemic index ( meaning that your body will digest it slower than refined carbs ) your body will have fewer spikes in blood sugar levels, which in short means fewer cravings, no impulse eating, and a steady metabolism ( which means weight loss/management ). Lastly, the large fiber content in brown rice will keep you feeling full much longer throughout the day after eating it than you would feel after eating two Big Macs 😀

While it does sound like the perfect weight loss and balance food, and really it is, I must now give the word of caution I mentioned. The naturally occurring zinc in brown rice actually binds with the zinc in your body, and is not stored, thus leaving the avid brown rice-er zapped of essential zinc levels.

So – play it safe and keep it to between 2 to 3 servings per week … unless you’re like me and you can’t get enough! Oops!

Haha 🙂  No really, anything in any amount of food you choose to eat is ok, but it’s always wise to at least be informed on what you’re made of 😉

Happy healthy eating all! 😀

Quick Tip – Prevent food borne illness with vinegar!

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Did you know that the majority of salmonella outbreaks, an illness we commonly associate with raw egg and meat products, are actually contracted from raw PRODUCE? Wow, yes, and that’s not even getting into the whole gamut of food borne illnesses ( E. coli, Shigella, Norovirus,  Hep. A, Giardia lamblia, Rotavirus…)!

Raw fruits and vegetables can become contaminated when they come in contact with people ( the workers who haven’t washed their hands before handling your veggies!! ) and surfaces ( fertilizer or soil that contains MANUER! ) that have previously been in contact with raw meat products or fecal matter. Your produce, thank goodness, does not undergo pasteurization or any other cooking procedures, and so when contaminated, infectious organisms can thrive, spread, and cause food poisoning.

DON’T let this make you wary of produce, however! Let’s not underestimate the necessity of glorious greens and the lot of raw produce in our daily diets. It’s true that we need these things to even have a functioning immune system in the first place, so what can we do to protect ourselves?

VINEGAR to the rescue!

A 2007 study by “Cook’s Illustrated” magazine found that using a method called the ‘vinegar wash’ was the most effective and affordable method for washing produce, removing 98% of the infectious bacteria without scrubbing. Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/538214-vinegar-vegetable-wash/#ixzz2Ubs4tRRa. Vinegar is an antibacterial, and hey, no risk of side effects here!

This is super easy and as I said cheap to do. Simply get yourself a spray bottle, add 3 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, and upon bringing your lovelies home from the grocery store, spray them down ( enough to coat the veggie or fruit in question, so anywhere from 3 – 7x ), and rinse immediately!

Try this at home 😀 & enjoy safe and tasty healthy eating all!