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. ❤

I don’t apologize for being great.

I’m “that mom”. You know, the one who is obsessively perfectionistic about her kids.

They don’t eat junk food – heck, don’t come anywhere near them with GMOs – they’re home schooled, and they don’t watch TV, save the occasional pre approved Netflix shows.

The real cherry on top is their questioning of the dietary habits of adults around us, “Does that ( diet Pepsi ) have sugar? Mommy says that’s not good.”

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They, whoever they may be in this particular context, have a name for moms like me, the one accompanied by that obligatory eye roll: Crunchy Mom.

I really can’t stand that name.

Anyways, there was a time, I’ll admit, where I tried to blend in with my fellow American mom. Now I just own it.

I own my natural inclinations, my unique scope of the world, my devotion to seeking God and truth in the mundane and in the exciting; I truly love being extraordinary.

Full Definition of EXTRAORDINARY

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a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
b : exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>

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“OK,” you’re now thinking. “Ashley is full of Ashley.”

If admitting to being more than ordinary is conceit, I’ll own that too.

I contemplate often the real meaning of what it is to be extraordinary, vs ordinary. After all, how do we define ordinary?

: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special

: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive
Full Definition of ORDINARY

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: of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine, usual <an ordinary day>
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: having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also : belonging to such jurisdiction
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a : of common quality, rank, or ability <an ordinary teenager>

What I have learned to possess in the past years’ journey to becoming a woman is the understanding that ordinary is, despite the definition, actually a simple facade; an illusion of conformity we create anew generation after generation to ensure that the existing forms of hierarchy persist.

I don’t imagine it takes much more than a basic understanding of human psychology to run the world. It is said that there are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations and 2,400 publishers all owned by 6 corporations and 272 executives. 

It doesn’t take a mastermind of discernment to figure out that a very few create normal, and a great many enforce normal.

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What am I getting at?

I am thrilled about being liberated from my cage of normalcy, and it’s OK for my children to know they ARE different from everyone else!

I struggle with a lot of things on a day-to-day basis, and despite what I may try to convey through social media, my life is no glamorous health show.

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But so many times people say to me, in regards to health for example, “I don’t want your kids to feel left out,” or, “I wish your kids could eat what everyone else is eating.”

By all means, LEAVE them out! I so badly WANT them to know they aren’t normal.

I want them to know that there aren’t any ‘normal’ people, only caged people waiting for their chance to escape and release the greatness trapped within.

We each have a unique light and mission within us that we are sent here to share. The question is, will you wait for others to grant you permission to share it?

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By waiting you chance cheating the world of your irreplaceable contribution.

None of us is purposeless or without greatness. You are a divine creation of the Father; walk with him, that which strengthens you, and do not wait for worldly acceptance to do your work here.

 

Flat belly for health

Hey Mamas! So many women, particularly us moms, suffer from chronic fatigue and brain fog throughout the day. If your energy and spirits are not up to parr, the first thing to address is digestion!

Believe it or not, there is a big correlation between a flat belly ( which is an indication of good digestion ) and your energy levels and mental clarity.

I am having so much fun with YouTube, and I’m so appreciative of all your feedback.

I hope this is helpful to you!

 

Save the pulp – make muffins

Do you hate throwing out ALL that pulp when you juice? Me too! Luckily it’s beyond easy to throw together a batch of muffins that taste great and deliver a whole lot of extra fiber!

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Ingredients: 

2 cups of flour ( gluten free choose almond or rice flour )

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 tbs coconut oil ( may substitute with apple sauce )

1 1/2 cups coconut macadamia milk ( coconut milk blended with mac nuts – it’s a breastfeeding thing )

4 eggs

3/4 cup raw sugar ( optional )

1 pinch sea salt (optional )

2 pinches baking soda

All of your pulp, I had about 2 – 3 cups

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350

Blend everything save the pulp together in mixing bowl, then add in the pulp and mix

Oil muff pan OR do like me and use muff papers

Bake at 350 for 23 – 25 minutes

Remove and cool for an hour

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Cold & Flu Prevention – REAL advice you won’t get from your doctor

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Any advice you might hear form a medical doctor regarding cold and flu prevention will be very ( limited ) different from what you will hear form a holistic doctor or coach. In fact, most of what you will hear form a doctor will be what steps to take after you’ve already contracted something.

If you’ve got a really good doctor you might hear about some prevention beyond relentless hand washing ( which I am for of course – with OnGaurd soap! ) and excessive use of antibacterial hand sanitizers ( which I am NOT for! ). You’ll most likely hear that you need to take 1 – 2 capsules of garlic per day, take a good multi-vitamin, and take a probiotic supplement.

While garlic and probiotics are important, that advice is only one small piece to the large puzzle that is effective illness prevention. So what makes up the rest? Below I will make a list of scientifically backed recommendations that you would hear from a good holistic doctor or coach. You’ll want to copy this and keep it handy all year for a reference guide ~

#1) You do want to take garlic. There has been no established dosage or overdosage as far as capsules go, and I generally recommend taking between 1 and 3 capsules per day. Your other option would be to take garlic straight, 1 – 4 cloves pr day, which is by far the most powerfully effective and least fun strategy ( BTW Message me if you’d like an article about garlic for HPV and other cervical conditions ).

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#2) “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates. The father of modern medicine ( while we accredit this title to Hippocrates, it more accurately belongs to Imoteph, an ancient Egyptian who lived 2,000 years prior to Hippocrates, but I digress ) said it best. The foundation of your immunity is built by the daily diet you practice.

What’s a healthy preventative diet? I don’t actually recommend one specific diet for everyone as we are all bio-individuals, but I will say that any healthy diet is a variation of a whole foods diet. Wether you choose to practice a vegan, raw, paleo or Gaps lifestyle, a healthy version of any of these is extremely low in all forms of packaged foods – even the “good stuff”. To simplify, my general rule of thumb is that if it has more than 2 ingredients, don’t eat it. 

By avoiding packaged goods you are cutting out all hydrogenated oils ( which is, in my opinion, the #1 killer at large in America ), most if not all refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates – all of which contribute to a weakened and suppressed immune system that is incapable of protecting you against even the common cold, let alone anything more serious.

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#3) Your doctor was right, probiotics are very important in preventing illness. However, I have to say that I would not give my thumbs up to most of the probiotic options he/she would recommend to you. What are safe and natural sources of probiotics, then?

a. Quality kefirs and yogurts 😀 For your tropical vegan option, young coconut kefir is not only a powerfully effective way to balance gut health and strengthen immune defenses, but it is also very delicious and cooling drink. It is easier to acquire a taste for coconut kefir than traditional milk kefir, which is also an excellent probiotic. It is best to start children off on this option very young. Children who grow up drinking home-cultured milk kefir love it, but it’s generally not something that can be introduced easily in later years.

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b. Yogurt. If you are a dairy eater, now is the time to freely enjoy organic, plain whole fat yogurts. You can easily dress them up with fresh or frozen berries and some quality raw honey, so don’t worry that they will taste bad! Plain and whole fat is the only way to go, not only for healthy weight maintenance, but for weight loss as well.

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c. Fermented veggies and beverages. If you are a sauerkraut lover you are in luck! Fermented vegetables and their juices are excellent sources of the probiotics and gut friendly bacterias that you need to be introducing to your body right now.

As far back as existing records can reveal, humans have been fermenting foods as an effective means of storage. At some point ancient peoples discovered that their ingenious methods for storing their food were also incredible sources of longevity and strength. Sauerkraut isn’t the only fermented food you can enjoy! I recommend looking into the book Wild Fermentation, which you can find in my list of recommended books to the right of your screen. With this book you can discover tons of awesome vegetable medley recipes and ideas to keep you healthy and satisfied all year long.

Last but not least, fermented beverages! I did already cover this when I touched on coconut kefir above, but kefirs are cultured drinks. Kombucha is a fermented tea in which the actual kombucha mushroom turns sugars from the tea into CO2 and ethanol, and from ethanol into organic and life promoting acids that create balance and harmony within your body, and truly do promote a long and healthy life that is free of the common cold 🙂

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 #4) Mushrooms, particularly medicinal mushrooms, are perhaps the most crucial piece to this puzzle. Many of you may already know that 6 oz of any kind of mushroom everyday reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 70-80%. That alone tells us something of the power of mushrooms, but even that is nothing compared to the incredible healing and immune building power of medicinal mushrooms.

Medicinal mushrooms are unlike your regular ‘shrooms in that they grow on trees. In short, this means that they have concentrated and unique elements that were once in a tree, accumulating over periods of 50 plus years. Just a few of these mushrooms commonly used include reishi, maitike and chaga.

You can access these mushrooms in capsule and powder form most commonly from high end health food stores and online. You can harvest these mushrooms yourself, but it’s important to know what you are doing first.

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#5) Last but not least, I LOVE and trust my OnGaurd essential oil! Scientifically proven to kill 99% of germs and bacteria, viruses cannot mutate in the presence of OnGaurd. Always have this defensive blend on hand to use in the diffuser and topically/orally.

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Look to nature for your health concerns and you will win every time. Please comment or message me with any questions or concerns 🙂 Eat well, live happy! XO