Paige Hinton http://www.paigehinton.com Lifestyle, wellness and Dream Builder coach Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 Say Goodbye To Wrinkles In 6 Easy Steps http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/22/say-goodbye-to-wrinkles-in-6-easy-steps/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/22/say-goodbye-to-wrinkles-in-6-easy-steps/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:27:46 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1797 strawberry-629180_1280 (1)

Lately, many ladies have been complaining to me about their skin, specifically wrinkles. Being over 40, wrinkles are can become a big concern.

Are you struggling to get rid of your wrinkles? Do you feel the promises from the expensive creams and lotions to eliminate your wrinkles are empty promises? I do. That’s why I want to share with you the key to diminishing and preventing future wrinkles is right in your home and includes your day-to-day lifestyle. Consuming high-quality plant proteins, fruits, vegetables, and getting adequate sleep can all contribute to decreasing your wrinkles and preventing future ones!

  • The next time you take a trip to the grocery store, make sure to stock up in the produce department! It’s crucial to consume at least 7 to 9 (or more) daily serving requirement of fruits and vegetables to maintain adequate health and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. All vegetables and fruits are good to eat. I particularly like fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cranberries, lemons, and bananas.
  • It’s time to toss out the refined sugar and replace artificial sweeteners with organic, natural sweeteners such as raw local honey found at your local farmers market, real maple syrup, and Stevia. Just so you know, excessive sugar consumption can damage your liver and cause breaks in your DNA, leading to autoimmune disorders. Consume any sugar in moderation. Training your body to break the habits of sugar-overloads is key in being an overall healthier you and saying goodbye to those wrinkles!
  • Get outside and into the sun! Moderate sunshine provides your body with necessary Vitamin D to replenish the vitamins and elasticity in your skin. Aim for at least 10 minutes a day of moderate exposure, but be sure to slather on your chemical free, all natural SPF after (slowly build up your sun exposure starting at 5 minutes a day without protection and then smartly build from there). Be sure to reapply and take all other precautions such as hats and an umbrella if you’re planning any prolonged periods of sun exposure.
  • Create a loving life-long relationship with coconut. Replacing vegetable or canola oil with coconut oil and olive oil is a simple way to slow your skin’s aging. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your morning smoothie, indulge in some coconut crisps, replace standard dairy with coconut milk, or rub unrefined coconut oil on your problem spots. Every night I massage my facial skin (and whole body) with coconut oil to get the oil infused with my skin at the same time getting blood flow to my skin.
  •  As Frankie Goes to Hollywood says, ”RELAX”. Stress is one of the primary contributors to premature aging because it reduces the natural collagen and elasticity in your skin essential to preventing wrinkles. If you can, start every morning off right with a few minutes of meditation or catch some quiet time in the afternoon after work. Read a good book, practice some yoga, go for a walk, or relax by the beach after a long day at work (if you’re lucky enough to live by a beach…I’m dreaming). Remember to take a little time out of the day for yourself. A stress-free lifestyle is one that reaps astounding rewards! If you don’t have time for any of this, don’t stress yourself out trying to get unstressed. Just pause, and breathe consciously for 5 breaths for stress-relieving benefits.
  • Plump up your skin with H20. I know you know this so I’m just gently reminding you to drink water. If you get dehydrated it will show in your skin so drink water, green juice with cucumber and coconut water while avoiding dehydrating coffee and alcohol.

These 6 simple steps are a great start to a healthier, younger, wrinkle-free appearance. Make small changes to your time and energy and see how that healthy, natural glow blossoms!

 

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8 Amazing Foods That Fight Inflammation (and help with weight loss) http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/14/8-amazing-foods-that-fight-inflammation-and-help-with-weight-loss/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/14/8-amazing-foods-that-fight-inflammation-and-help-with-weight-loss/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:12:54 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1792 figs-1620590_1920

Have you heard the news? The medical community is saying that inflammation is the cause of most disease and discomfort.

Inflammation is an immune response that our bodies use to protect itself from irritants. Although, when inflammation gets out of control — your body is in a constant state of attack. This is when the damage can happen and leave us with a host of uncomfortable health issues to deal with. Please remember, all inflammation isn’t bad. Any acute inflammation that protects the body such as a cut, broken bone or infection is actually good.

Some foods can cause inflammation, such as the unhealthy junk foods loaded with sugar and chemicals our bodies don’t recognize. There are also foods that can fight inflammation, allowing an anti-inflammatory benefit to sweep through your digestive system. Here are eight of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods for you to enjoy more of on a regular basis!

LEAFY GREENS

Hearing leafy green vegetables are good for you probably isn’t a surprise. We know how beneficial they are, packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that fuel the body optimally. But in case you didn’t know, they’re also great for fighting inflammation. They’re rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which restore normal cellular balance as well as fight inflammation.

Try a collard green wrap with hummus and chopped veggies or sautéed kale instead of rice with your next Mexican meal. I personally add greens to my smoothies and fill up with green juice.

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory nutrients. They boast a wealth of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory flavonoid also found in olive oil, citrus, and other dark-skinned berries. Blueberries are high on the pesticide list, so buying them organic — and local, if possible — will be most advantageous to you.

Get creative in your kitchen and instead of jelly on your toast try mashing up blueberries and topping your toast with this powerhouse berry.

BEETS

Beets are chock-full of betalain, a fantastic antioxidant that helps curb cell damage caused by inflammation. Aside from being anti-inflammatory, beets also assist with natural detoxification and provide the body with a slew of powerful antioxidants.

Toss beets in olive oil and salt and pepper and roast them in your oven until fork tender. Chop the beets and add some walnuts or goat cheese up and serve them as a side dish at your next BBQ.

PINEAPPLE

Who doesn’t love a fresh pineapple on a hot day? Aside from quenching our thirst, pineapples are also rich in two antioxidants that hold anti-inflammatory properties — bromelain and quercetin.   When spring allergies hit, I always reach for some fresh pineapple to soak up the anti-inflammatory properties that help combat my spring allergies.

Personally, I love pineapple cut up in a big bowl with other fruit and a fork. Simple and easy.

CELERY

Having celery on your plate frequently is incredibly beneficial. Not only is celery packed with antioxidants and prebiotic, but also has plenty of anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Coincidentally, an abundance of potassium, vitamins, and antioxidants in celery can also help fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

It easy to add chopped celery to stir-fry’s, salad or soup. Another tasty way to get celery is with almond butter spread on the celery sticks. To me, this is a perfect snack.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is a cruciferous veggie that is packed with fabulous antioxidants. In addition to magnesium, vitamins, and potassium, broccoli is also a significant source of anti-inflammatory carotenoids and flavonoids.

Other cruciferous veggies that host a bounty of benefits as well are Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower.

I’m not someone who love broccoli raw so I always sauté, roast or add to casseroles (I’m from the south and we love casseroles). Broccoli can be added to anything, even homemade veggie burgers.

FIGS

Figs contain many beneficial nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and calcium — along with antioxidants that naturally help reduce inflammation in the body. Along with pineapple and blueberries, figs also contain quercetin that assists with combating inflammation. It naturally reduces the release of histamine which can stop the symptoms of an allergic reaction and halt inflammation.

Forget the sugar filled Fig Newtons. Add dried figs to your next smoothie or fresh figs to your next salad.

WALNUTS

Nuts are high in unique phytonutrients, which come with huge anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other beneficial nutrients you get from walnuts include potassium, copper, and magnesium.

Walnuts are a staple in my house. I love walnuts on my salads or just by the handful with a few goji berries.

It’s easy to fight inflammation with our drugs and as we all now know, prevention is the best medicine. Allow healthy food to fuel your body to fight inflammation. Besides being an inflammation buster, eating and living a healthy lifestyle might make you spontaneously burst out with a song in dance on how great you feel.

I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell me how many of the above foods you eat in a day or week!

 

 

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Quinoa http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/08/roasted-cauliflower-with-pesto-and-quino/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/08/roasted-cauliflower-with-pesto-and-quino/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:53:30 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1785 RFSpring17 Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Quinoa

Move over kale! Cauliflower is the hot new veggie these days, although this amazing vegetable has been keeping people healthy for centuries. You can make a vegan cheese sauce with it, make soups creamier with it, and make pizza crust, mashed “potatoes,” and buffalo wings with cauliflower.

It’s so much fun to get into the kitchen and see what you can create, but sometimes you just want to cook something simple and quick that you know is going to be delicious. That’s when I turn to the good old standard of roasted vegetables—in this case, cauliflower.

In the recipe below, I layer this amazing white vegetable with an herb pesto that assists your body in its daily detox job and quinoa for protein.

Personally, I love pesto and any variation of this green sauce is always exciting to me. If you don’t prefer any of the herbs used in my recipe, just change it. That’s the beauty of pesto—it’s a playground of tasty creativity.

This recipe is a perfect summer dinner with not so much time in the kitchen and plenty of time for an after-dinner walk or play. Enjoy!

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH PESTO AND QUINOA

SERVES 2

1 large head of cauliflower, chopped

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons Detox Pesto (see below)

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 cups mixed greens

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 425 or 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Add chopped cauliflower to a large roasting pan. Massage with coconut oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes until tender. Remove from the oven and coat with Detox Pesto. Serve on top of quinoa and mixed greens.

 

QUINOA

SERVES 2

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water or vegetable broth

DIRECTIONS

Add quinoa and liquid to a pot over a medium flame. Bring to a boil, then lower the flame and cover. Simmer the quinoa for about 15 to 20 minutes. The quinoa should be tender.

 

DETOX PESTO

MAKES 2 CUPS

1 cup cilantro

½ cup parsley

½ cup mint

½ cup pumpkin seeds

1 garlic clove

1 lemon, juiced

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Combine the cilantro, parsley, mint, pumpkin seeds, and garlic in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until finely chopped. Add the lemon juice and slowly add extra virgin olive oil in a steady drizzle. Blend until the mixture becomes a smooth, light paste. Add enough olive oil to keep it moist and spreadable. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Did you try the recipe? Leave a comment below, and let me know what you think!

 

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Cacao Smoothie http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/01/cacao-smoothie/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/01/cacao-smoothie/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:10:40 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1780 RFSpring17 Cacao Smoothie

What tastes like a dessert, helps you lose weight, builds bones and is ultra healthy for you? A cacao smoothie!

I believe it’s important to get as many greens in to your diet, and if you’ve been reading my blog through the years, you know smoothies are one of my favorite ways to drink and digest my greens (besides green juices). I drink a smoothie everyday. I’m also a salad lover but let’s be honest, how many salads can you eat in a day to get all the greens your body needs for impeccable function? Too many! You’d be chewing like a cow all day long to get all the greens you need to fuel your cells. That’s why blending, drinking and enjoying them in a smoothie is the perfect, fiber rich way to add greens to your day.

Cacao is full of antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling your best and taste amazing in this smoothie. Also, the tahini in the cacao smoothie is a great source of calcium and gives the smoothie a nice thickness. The banana gives you potassium so it’s great for an after workout snack or meal.

Enjoy!

CACAO SMOOTHIE

Serves 1-2

1 ½ cups water or dairy-free milk

1 cup spinach

1 cup mixed greens

1 banana

2 tablespoons raw cacao

2 tablespoons tahini

Dash of ground cinnamon powder

Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!

 

Did you try the recipe? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

 

 

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5 Delicious Detoxing Foods For Spring http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/05/26/delicious-detoxing-foods-for-spring/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/05/26/delicious-detoxing-foods-for-spring/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 17:33:38 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1775 fruit-15408_1920

I’ve been talking a lot about detoxing lately. According to Chinese medicine spring is the best time of the year to detox your body and help your liver get rid of toxins so you can have a healthy summer and, fall and winter.

During this time of year, many people’s bodies are craving a cleanse so the body can function at it’s highest level. If you were eating not-so-healthy through the winter, then your body is ready for a reboot.

Lucky for us, the spring season gives us many mineral-rich vegetables to help us detox naturally. Most of these foods are high in water, fiber and easy to digest among other properties. And the best part is these foods are plentiful and readily available in your farmer’s market or grocery store.

Here is a list of great spring detox foods to assist your little liver in all the work it does (Trivia question: did you know your liver performs over 500 functions? Yep, and this is why eating the following foods will help your precious liver detox your body).

 

DETOX FOOD #1: CITRUS

Citrus like oranges. Lemons, limes and grapefruit are well known for their alkalizing effects on the body. These foods assist in cleansing through their powerful antioxidants and high concentration of vitamin C, which is needed to make an essential antioxidant that aids in optimal liver function.

In perfect harmony with our bodies and the season, it’s simple to fit these foods into your day in many ways. I like to squeeze citrus in to my water in the morning and throughout the day, having grapefruit with breakfast or lunch and squeeze citrus juice on your salads for an alkalizing punch and a delicious pop of flavor.

 

DETOX FOOD #2: DANDELION

Dandelions, the weed and flower that grow in the yard? Yes, my dear. Perhaps you have not heard that those flowers in your yard actually have health benefits, but indeed, they do.

The roots and leaves of dandelions have powerful detoxifying properties to cleanse the liver. These roots also take hold of your digestive tract by stimulating juices to help digest fats. Get your dandelions earliest in the spring as you can when they have the best flavor; they tend to turn bitter during the summer.

You can even make it easier by purchasing dandelion tea at your local health food store or using dandelion leaves in your next green smoothie.

 

DETOX FOOD #3: BEETS

With the liver being the primary detoxification organ, it relies heavily on foods that have amazing cleansing and restoring properties. And beets are the perfect fit for the job and tasty!

Beets contain important bioactive agents that work to protect the liver by increasing enzymatic antioxidants. They also have high levels of Vitamin C and a slew of other beneficial nutrients and minerals.

Slice up some pickled beets for your salad, roast chopped beets drizzled with olive oil and fresh herbs, or, my personal favorite — juice them into your fresh green juices.

Warning: Your pee and poop might be pinkish to red the following day.

 

DETOX FOOD #4: CRUCIFERIOUS VEGGIES

Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are high in fiber which helps stimulate the natural process of elimination. Healthy elimination is a crucial part of the cleansing process — the toxins building up in your body must regularly be released. Cruciferous vegetables also help detox by boosting liver detoxifying enzymes.

Other cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts (my fav), kale, bok choy, collard greens and arugula, to name a few. Although these foods are more for fall and winter, they can still be found in grocery stores year round (a rule of thumb is to always shop at your farmers market to know what is in season right now).

You have plenty to choose from, so it should be quite simple to find at least one that you enjoy and start adding it to your plate more often.

 

DETOX FOOD #5: CELERY

Celery is chock full of minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron, which are alkalizing and neutralizing to acidic foods. Celery also has a high fiber content, which can further assist with cleansing and healthy elimination.

Celery’s another very simple food to find a place for on your plate. I love to juice my celery as well as eat it raw dipped in hummus or guacamole, chopped up on a salad, or in my favorite soup.

These are just a few of the foods that you can add to your daily meals to enjoy the detoxifying benefits. Including a few (or all of them) in your meals and drinks is sure to help you cleanse your body this spring.

Remember; as you add these 5 detox foods into your daily diet, let go of processed foods, sugar and caffeine to not cause any extra stress on your liver. It’s also a great time to go vegan for a 21 days or a month in order for deep cleansing of your body.

Bon appétit!

 

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5 Steps to Detox Your Mind for Weight Loss, Health and Rejuvenation http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/05/17/5-steps-to-detox-your-mind-for-weight-loss-health-and-rejuvenation/ Wed, 17 May 2017 17:06:12 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1766 peace-of-mind-349815_1920

The Internet is full of diet blogs and nutrition advice. There are countless recipes for detoxifying drinks, which make use of various natural ingredients that can remove various toxins and harmful molecules from our body resulting in blood cleansing and therefore a healthy body, which is amazing. But only a few people understand the true value of mind detoxification apart from body detoxification. I talk about body detoxification all the time on my blog but it’s time we get deeper into your precious mind.

Your body is always detoxing to keep you healthy and alive. But did you know that your mind can also be detoxing from attacks (toxins) of the mind?

A healthy mind reflects a healthy body. Therefore, a healthy body follows a healthy mind, and a healthy mind follows healthy thoughts. Did you come to the same conclusion I did…. a positive mind is the prime determinant of your overall health. But how do you maintain a positive mind in today’s acquisitive world?

 

  1. Adopt mindfulness:

A mindfulness approach utilizes synchronization of the surrounding environment with your inner self. Concentrate of what’s happening around you and how it’s affecting your mental state. This will help you identify some negative elements around you, which might be the reason for your disturbed subconscious state of mind. Identifying these negative elements will help you to modify them or remove them to achieve a positive state of mind. This is the first step towards detoxification of your mind.

If your mind is not settled it will cause challenges in your digestion, assimilation and elimination of foods.

 

  1. Use a planned approach:

An unorganized routine distracts your mind from your major responsibilities. A diverted mind gets tired more easily and frequently than a focused mind. One of the best measures of which you can take to organize your mind is to organize your daily schedule, a systematic approach. This doesn’t mean to create a ‘hard and fast’ schedule with accurate timings for your various daily performances. Allow flexibility in your routine but understand the difference between flexibility and disorganization.

I plan and write on paper (or if you are into a paperless method, the Evernote app is great) the meals I’m going to prepare for the week knowing that it may change due to schedule changes which still allows some spontaneity. At least I’m prepared and not trying to pull food out a magician’s hat.

 

  1. Let go of perfection and just BE you:

You have been created to be a good human being. Therefore, adopting a robotic lifestyle is against nature and will only result in your annihilation. Remember, perfection is merely an illusion. What’s normal for the spider is a trap for a fly. Therefore, bring an end to the “inner human comparison” which your mind creates to achieve the superiority complex. Your mind will temporarily get satisfaction and feeling of dominance, but chronic stress comparison will result in a tired and a distracted mind.

 

  1. Release the past:

It is imperative you stop your mind from constantly recalling the regrets of past and creating anxiety towards the future as both are not in your present moment. When a regretful moment from past strikes your mind, reassuring yourself that you have learned from the past is an excellent trick to prevent the past from conquering your mind in the present. On the other hand, staying apprehensive about your future will create stress, and chronic stress cannot only damage your mind but is also detrimental to your body’s health. Just do what you can do in the very moment you are breathing in. Allow the past to be gone and the future to be excitingly unknown.

 

  1. Possibilities:

The world can be a selfish place to live in but reacting negatively neither changes the nature of the world nor is it healthy for your mind and body. It’s sometimes unpractical to react positively in an off-putting situation, but always taking the high road is helpful.

Maintaining positive thoughts will automatically create a positive exterior. Researchers have stated that the negative thoughts your mind creates are so strong, they dominate over all the positive options. On the other hand, positive thinking broadens your sense of possibilities and opens your mind, which then allows you to build new skills and resources that can provide value in other areas of your life.

As you have read, steps in a mind detox will eave you filling fulfilled, happy and on the right track to your weight loss goals.

Please leave a comment below and share other tools you use to detox your mind and your body.

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5 SECRETS TO HELP YOUR BODY DETOX THIS SPRING http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/05/10/5-secrets-to-help-your-body-detox-this-spring/ Wed, 10 May 2017 22:54:16 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1761 vegetables-2021819_1920

It is already May! Can you believe it? Spring has sprung and you’re ready to hit your health and weight loss goals head on! You want to get beach ready and rock your tank tops this summer. That means one thing- it’s time for a Spring Detox! (I promise it wont hurt.)

What is a detox? It’s the process of naturally ridding your body of chemicals that have accumulated over a period of time, resulting in a strengthened immune system, improved skin and liver health, and heavily reducing toxic overloads in your body. It also aids in weight loss and boosts energy!

How do these chemicals accumulate in your body you ask? Processed foods, sodas, eating non-organic foods, eating foods that your system can’t tolerate like gluten and milk and the products you put on your skin.

I want to share 5 secrets to help you naturally detox with me this spring!

  1. Eat Whole Foods

Throw out those instant noodles and head to your local grocery store to fill your cart with whole, plentiful fruits and vegetables such as kale, peas, figs, beets, and tomatoes. One of the most important keys to detoxing is to eliminate processed foods from your diet! It’s sounds intimidating, but once you get into the groove and follow your whole food meal plan, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you this spring! You’ll feel so good you wont want to add the processed foods back into your diet.

  1. Eliminate All Sugars, Alcohol and Meats

Consuming artificial sugars, white sugar, alcohol and animal products, including dairy, place a heavy strain on our bodies, especially during the detoxification. Refrain from consuming alcohol to strengthen your liver. Although alcohol has resveratrol in it, a wonderful antioxidant, alcohol is still a poison to our bodies. Also, get rid of white table sugar however, raw sugars found in fruit are perfectly acceptable. The key is to throw out those synthetic, processed and unnatural foods that we would otherwise gravitate towards so easily.

  1. Get Active

The next step to a successful detox is to get some exercise! This step is very personal to me because I love moving my body. Head to your local park and go for a walk/run, join a yoga class, or exercise at your local gym. Just remember, make sure to hydrate throughout the day, which brings us to our next point!

  1. Drink More Water

We’ve all heard how important it is to hydrate your body but are you doing it? It’s incredibly important to consume 9 to 14 glasses of water every day. I know drinking water can get boring, especially when there’s a soda or sports drinks enticing us, so try fruit infused water instead! Cut up strawberries, cucumber, mint, or lemon and add them daily to freshly purified water for a tastier alternative! I love putting lemon essential oil in my water. Detoxing doesn’t have to be boring!

  1. Commit Your Mind and Body

Your approach and intention will determine if you succeeded in cleansing your body. I think it’s important to prepare ahead of time for your detox, physically and mentally. Make a shopping list, shop your local health food stores, and take the time to meditate every day. Meditation is the bridge between the energy in your mind and your body. Find a quite spot, get comfortable, and close your eyes.

Are you ready to detox to get your body beach ready for the summer? Check out my 28- Day Body Revolution and get the assistance you need with your detox this spring!

 

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5 Easy Steps To Take To Create A Healthy Lifestyle http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/05/03/5-easy-steps-to-take-to-create-a-healthy-lifestyle/ Wed, 03 May 2017 19:12:46 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1744 Stock Photo by Wellness Stock Shop

 

Creating a new, healthy lifestyle can be incredibly overwhelming when you think of it as a complete overhaul of your health all at a once. Countless people procrastinate their health goals because they aren’t quite sure where to start. They feel overwhelmed and don’t want to wait to see results. It can be very discouraging.

One of the best ways to improve your health long term is to start with small steps and compound on them over time. For example, start with a few new, healthy habits to begin implementing into your daily life.

After you spend a week getting comfortable with one or two new healthy habits, begin adding 1-2 more in each week until you reach your goals. Here are four of my favorite things I do every day to improve my health.

 

Warm Lemon Water

Starting off your day with warm lemon water is a fantastic boost to your system first thing in the morning. It is hydrating, alkalizing, it gives you a natural boost of energy, and jumpstarts your digestion. Instead of reaching for that morning coffee, start by implementing a cup of warm water with a squeeze of a half of a lemon and see how your health improves.

Reap the benefits:

  • Hydrates the body with a slew of electrolytes and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Regulates elimination, stimulates healthy digestion, and detoxes naturally
  • Replenishes the skin, alkalizes the body, and is a great source of Vitamin C to build a stronger immune system

 

Tongue Scraping

This trick takes hardly any time at all. Pick yourself up a tongue scraper to use post-brush each morning. Tongue scrapers are very inexpensive, and can be found at your local health food store. Gently scrape your tongue in a downward motion after you brush your teeth until all white residue is gone. Rinse your mouth out and that’s it!

Reap The Benefits:

  • Helps eliminate bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque build-up, and other dental issues.
  • Rids toxic buildup on the tongue that may inhibit proper functioning of the taste buds.
  • Since you’re ditching those toxins on the tongue, they’re not spreading throughout the rest of your body!

 

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling can be done before you brush your teeth each morning. It’s an ancient ritual that improves your oral health and overall well-being. Using coconut or sesame oil, swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, starting off slowly if needed to get the hang of it. Spit out the residue in the trashcan or toilet. Do not spit into the sink or shower, as it may clog your drains. Doing this while you shower or complete other tasks is incredibly beneficial as it passes the time more quickly, and is a great use of your time!

Reap The Benefits:

  • Naturally whitens your teeth without chemicals or expensive treatments.
  • Promotes oral health by ridding the bacteria that causes issues in the mouth such as decay, cavities, etc.
  • Can assist in healthy gums, stronger teeth, fresher breath

 

Dry Brushing

You may not have heard of this one, but it is so beneficial and simple. Our skin gets bombarded with toxins on a daily basis, whether it be the products we put on our skin or the air we live in so helping your skin detox is incredibly helpful to your health. Get yourself a dry skin brush and begin doing this daily before your showers. Begin brushing at your feet and make your way up, moving toward the heart. Dry brushing detoxifies your body by getting rid of dead skin cells, jumpstarting the lymphatic system, and it enhances your skin. It can also be very relaxing, so, enjoy!

Reap The Benefits:

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system & increases circulation, which assists your body in ridding itself of toxic buildup.
  • Exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells, making way for new, replenished skin cells.
  • Calms the body and mind, and reduces stress through relaxation.

 

Meditation

I know, I know…I hear it all the time, “I don’t have time to meditate” or, “I can’t stop thinking when I sit down to meditate”. I have definitely had a love/hate relationship with meditation but once I finally decided to make it a daily practice I’ve been thrilled with the results. Sitting down to quiet your mind is a tool that you don’t have to pay any money for and it’s available at all times. Do you want to feel peaceful? Then meditate. Do you want to feel in love with who you are? Meditate. Do you want to change your perspective on life from negative to positive? You got it. Sit down and meditate.

Start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20 minute in time and notice if you seem to get more things done even though you took time out of your day to sit and do nothing. Miracle!

Reap the Benefits:

  • Relief form Stress and anxiety.
  • Lowers your blood pressure.
  • Better sleep.
  • Encourages a healthy lifestyle
  • Leaves you happy for no reason.

Overwhelm is not sexy so start one step at a time creating your healthy lifestyle. I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let me know what new step have you started to implement into your life.

 

 

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5 Top Ways To Fight Spring Allergies In The Kitchen http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/04/26/5-top-ways-to-fight-spring-allergies-in-the-kitchen/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:26:02 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1739 honey-1970592_1920

Seeing those first sprouts of spring is always incredibly welcome and exciting after a frigid winter, but one thing is certain… the sneezes and itchy eyes are right around the corner.

That tickle in your throat and a dripping nose goes hand-in-hand with spring for millions of people. Many people turn to OTC options to help ease these symptoms so that they may enjoy springtime a little more.

Did you know there are a slew of things in your kitchen right now that can help ease your spring allergies? If you prefer a more natural approach, there’s a host of different herbs, foods, and other natural remedies to help reduce your allergy symptoms. 

I’ll share with you a few of my favorites…

  1. DITCH THE DAIRY

For many, dairy stimulates an allergic response and they probably have no idea the two are related. Dairy can thicken the mucus in your body, causing congestion and creating a heightened allergic response. Lowering your dairy intake is certainly worth a try to see if it lessens your allergy symptoms. With so many different dairy alternatives on the market, it’s quite simple to replace dairy without too much of a headache or change in pace. Give it a shot!

  1. QUERCETIN & BROMELAIN

If you’ve never heard of these two, you’re in for a treat. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help fight those spring allergies like a charm. Some foods rich in quercetin include capers, red onions, buckwheat, and cranberries, to name a few. You can also take it as a supplement.

Bromelain is incredible for helping with sinus issues, which are closely linked with spring allergies. It also boosts your immune system, which is always beneficial when we’re fighting to stay well. Pineapple is where you’ll find this along with the option of taking it as a supplement as well.

  1. HEALTHY FATS

Omega-3 fatty acids are also a great tool in lowering the histamine response and boosting the immune system. Foods high in omega-3 are different types of fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring. Aside from fish, you can get a good amount of omega-3’s in chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Try adding in at least one of these omega-3 powerhouses on a regular basis to provide your body with their wonderful benefits.

  1. STINGING NETTLE

Stinging nettle is an herb that can support you with lowering the spring allergy symptoms via its natural anti-histamine qualities. Stinging nettle can be found in dried herb, loose leaf form to make hot tea, a powdered version to add to your favorite green smoothie, capsule form or in pre-made tea bags. With this not being an actual food you have to prepare and make, it’s quite effortless to add this one into your day without much trouble at all — only benefit!

***Anyone on blood thinners or blood pressure medication should consult their medical professional before implementing stinging nettle into their lives.

  1. SUGAR INTAKE

Sugar is a staple in many of the holiday meals and treats we were surrounded by mere months ago, and it can be quite difficult to give up.

The unfortunate fact is that it’s not good for you and it disrupts many systems in your body. An overconsumption of sugar can lead to a host of health issues — specifically, for this topic, it can rev up your allergic response to spring allergies.

Try as hard as you can to alleviate processed sugar from your meals and drinks. Replacing them with healthier options is a great way to lower the desire for the sweetness until you’re ready to kick it completely.

  1. BEE POLLEN & HONEY

Bee pollen is an amazing tool for natural relief of spring allergies. The antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting benefits of bee pollen are too great to pass up. You can purchase bee pollen ground or in granules that can be mixed into foods or used in smoothies. Aside from bee pollen, raw honey is another simple and fantastic way to help alleviate spring allergy symptoms. If you can find local raw honey at your local farmers market, that’s the best option. Put a spoonful into your morning tea and enjoy all of the benefits it brings.

Seasonal allergies can take you down for the count but arming yourself with remedies from nature is the way to face the spring blossoms with a smile and not a sneeze.

Hey, I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you tried any of the above recommendations and if they helped you.

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4 Best Foods To Fight Spring Colds http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/04/12/4-best-foods-to-fight-spring-colds/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:58:47 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1732 aromatic-84691_1920 2

Spring is a time for love, flower blossoms and…the common cold. Not too sexy, is it?

We’ve all experienced spring colds at some point, and undoubtedly, we will cross paths with one again on our journey. It seems like an inevitable part of life – especially if you work with kids, have little ones in the house, work in a large office, or you take the subway. Germs are everywhere, and without the ability to see them lingering, we can’t always avoid them.

Even though we can’t fully evade germs, nor should we, there are many simple, natural things we can do to prevent the nasty germs from winning the fight against our immune system – and even shorten the lifespan of the cold if and when we do happen to get sick. You don’t even have to leave the kitchen to find a slew of helpful immune boosters.

My favorite foods that can help combat an illness and boost the immune system are…

  1.  Garlic Keeps the Vampires…and Colds Away– If you can stomach raw garlic, this is the best option. Adding it into tea is another option, if you enjoy the taste. If you’re not a big fan of garlic and you’re staring at your screen in horror at the thought of eating raw garlic… have no fear. Just cook with it as much as possible when you’re feeling a cold coming on, or you are currently battling one. Toss in several cloves during each meal and enjoy the benefits.
  1.  Take Your Probiotics– we’re programmed to hear the word bacteria and think it’s a bad thing, but good bacteria exists and your body needs it. Probiotics provide your body with the good bacteria it needs to function optimally. You can take probiotics as a liquid supplement, capsule, or you can enjoy the probiotic properties of fermented foods such as sauerkraut Kimchi and kombucha.
  1.  Cloves Aren’t Just For Gingerbread– it doesn’t have to be the holiday season for you to break out the cloves. Cloves have incredible properties that help the body fight against germs, alleviate pain and even helps with loosening the phlegm that you may be battling with a cold. Ground clove added in oatmeal is fabulous. I also love brushing my teethe with therapeutic grade clove essential oil
  1.  Spice It Up With Cayenne– this is another simple option that you can sprinkle on any meal. Adding that pop of spice can help decrease the mucus buildup and assist with easing your sore throat and congestion. Adding fresh lemon and cayenne into boiling water as a homemade tea packs a punch against that cold you’re battling. Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which only helps boost the immune system response.

There are many more natural ways to boost your immune system, but starting with a few will help you have other options in battling your next cold. Make a note of these foods and remember them next time you feel a cold coming on.

What are your favorite natural ways to fight an illness off? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear any tricks you may have!

 

 

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