Quick and Easy Mock Tuna Salad

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When I was young my Mother would make salads of all sorts. Tuna salad, egg salad and chicken salads are the ones I remember the most. These meals were a quick and easy lunch for a family on the go.

I have recreated the tuna salad to make it vegan. Leaving out the mayo and adding in some seaweed for a tasty nutrition boost, this recipe is delicious and much healthier. It’s a also a wonderful recipe if you’re detoxing or wanting to lose weight.

Enjoy!

Mock Tuna with Sliced Green Apple

Serves 4

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked and drained

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cumin

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

2 nori sheets, torn into small pieces

1 tablespoon dulse flakes

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 cup grapes, halved

1 green apple, sliced

BLEND THE “TUNA”: Add the sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Remove and place the tuna into a bowl. Add nori sheets, dulse flakes, chopped celery, and grapes. Mix until well incorporated. Serve on top of green apple slices.

What recipe form your childhood would you like recreated into a nutrition powerhouses? Leave a comment below and give me some ideas.

You Don't Have to Get Old, Fat and Sick

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Right before the 4th of July holiday my boyfriend and I went on a day trip to The Hudson Valley in New York State. It was a beautiful experience, so refreshing and healing to get out of NYC’s sometimes-chaotic energy.

I love traveling and finding little towns to explore, have a tea, coffee or meal and explore their way of living.

The troubling thing I’ve seen outside of NYC is the lack of healthy food options at restaurants. We were in Rhinebeck, NY and I found it very hard to find a delicious and nutritious meal. Many of the food options are fried and loaded with cheese and cream sauces. Cream is a fat to make the dish rich and tasty but offers no nutritional value

I also noticed that all the 50+ were at least 25 pound overweight and did not have a healthy looking body and skin. They were ordering the heavy dishes that only offered something to fill the stomach but would leave the body craving vitamins and minerals.

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m only observing my surroundings, not judging. My intent is not malicious but a deep desire for people to live healthy lives. DO NOT believe the hype that as you get older you gain weight, get sick and suffer. That’s is NOT TRUE. You can live a full life after 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 all the way up to 100. It’s available to all of us if we choose a healthy lifestyle. It’s YOUR choice.

I’m extremely grateful for living in city that has unlimited options for eating healthy. Understanding that many people don’t, I feel it’s even more important to cook for yourself and understand how to order off a restaurant menu to get the best foods for your body.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. I eat home cooked meals every night except Saturday night (that’s’ date night). I have leftovers the next day. Sometimes a make a soup or casserole and freeze half of it so I can easily defrost it and have a healthy lunch the following month.

 

  1. Do you have a slow cooker? Use it and let it cook meals that support your wellness while you’re at work or the baseball ball field with your kids. It’s easy with a little planning.

 

  1. When dining out, ask for vegetables on the side instead of fat laden potatoes (even the roasted potatoes at restaurants have oil on them and the oil is usually not a good oil for you body, heart and insides). Order a salad and vegetable sides for your meal. If you eat restaurant made pasta, only eat half since restaurant portions are on steroids. Choose vegetarian options over meat and don’t eat dessert. When you get home, enjoy two squares dark chocolate and you’ll feel great with no food hangover.

 

  1. Make your own salad dressings and toss some lettuce and veggies together with some beans for fiber and protein and you have an instant healthy lunch.

 

  1. Don’t forget to move your body. Walking, yoga, sports, weight training…anything that moves your body helps you feel amazing and will support your immune system. Activity can be a youth serum along with clean foods. It is a healthy lifestyle.

 

  1. Pot luck parties with your friends are a fun way to share healthy recipes while creating your own anti-aging serums and creams with therapeutic grade essential oils. This is a great “girls night out” activity.

 

  1. Affirm your health everyday. Louise Hay has a wonderful book called ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ and it’s brilliant. Learn how to talk to yourself and consciousness in a positive way that will keep you young, healthy and lean. Here’s an example: My body is healthy and strong; my mind is sharp and my soul is peaceful.

 

  1. Meditate. Plain and simple. The affects of mediation on your body, mind and spirit have been studied numerous times with the same conclusion: meditation is medicine for a healthy life.

 

I want to encourage you to step up and take care of your self. Stop spending your money on creams at the department store that claim “Anti-aging” but are loaded with toxins that your body has to detox. It’s a vicious circle. Let go of any thoughts the only option for getting older is sitting in a recliner watching T.V. the rest of your life wasting away.

You are never too old to start preparing for the golden years of life. You may be in your golden years. You can still start now Feed your body, mind and spirit. As you age your body will stay trim; your body will be strong; your body will be beautiful; your body is your creation.

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know your thoughts on aging gracefully.

Why the Biggest Losers Gained the Weight Back

scale-403585_1280 In the news over the past few weeks is the phenomenon (yet just real life) that many (read most) of the Biggest Losers gain the weight back when they return to real life.

I personally feel it’s sad that these Biggest Losers participants were given a major opportunity to get the weight off and then turn around and gain most of it right back after getting off the “farm”.

Do you want to know what went wrong??? It’s pretty simple.

First, weight loss won’t be lasting if you are not living your life. What do I mean? You can be on a retreat or weight loss camp, but you will regain the weight. You need to lose weight in your natural environments and all the craziness it entails. What do you think is going to happen when you get back to your family, job, daily stress and the restaurants that you use to eat at that are calling your name? You’re going to eat. You must take time through self-assessment or with a coach to establish your daily schedule/routine in the most supportive way in order to lose weight and, most importantly, maintain your new body. There will be no surprises and you can handle all situations when they arise if you lose the weight while living your normal life, not life on a weight loss farm.

The second reason the weight crepes back on their bodies is they lost too much weight too quickly. Rapid weight loss is just not safe, nor is it normal. It’s not sustainable in real life.

Third, they were not able to keep the weight off due to the intense exercise regime for participants of the show. In your daily life, you do not work out for 2 to 4 hours a day to keep the weight off. If you do this, it’s not safe. Yes, the body was meant to move but not at that intensity everyday for that long. Also, after severe weight loss, your body might have a set point that it wants to get back too, and if you haven’t lost the weight in a slower and safer manner, the body never gets to a leaner set point.

My heart goes out to theses brave souls who went to great lengths to get a body they love. They can do it again and so can you through proper, high nutrient foods and living a nourishing lifestyle.

Please remember, I did not work with these individuals but I’m using common sense. We live in a world where we want instant gratification (lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks) but it can backfire when the time needed to acclimate to lifestyle and body changes are not given.

Set yourself up to win and release weight the safe way.

If you’re interested in losing weight in a healthy manner with delicious meals, then check out my 28 Day Body Revolution: Reset and Thrive for a safe, sustainable and remarkable way to remove the toxins out of your body, release weight and feel fantastic.

Why Diets Don’t Work- How to Lose Weight for Good

Tray with foodSo many women tell me about their diet horrors, failures and disappointments. Friends, family and clients have all been though diet programs that left them saddened, mad and discouraged. Talking from experience, I cannot tell you how many diets and how much money I have spent on pills and programs to lose weight just to gain it right back. As a professional dancer, I was looking for the next hot diet to keep me slim and trim for the stage.

Time and time again, I was promised this ‘new me’, only to be let down shortly after the diet or program was over.

I know many clients have told me that every time they followed a diet program, they ended up gaining more than they had lost in the long run. The whole billion-dollar diet industry left me and my clients self-conscious, disappointed, and feeling like a failure. The truth of the matter is: DIETS DON’T WORK!

Sure, sometimes you lose the weight (at a cost to you financially, your health, and your body) for a short period of time, but diets cannot give you long-term sustainable weight or fat loss. When going through these drastic changes of dieting, your body goes into shutdown mode and your brain releases hormones telling your brain that you are starving. So when the diet is done, your body wants to replenish what it lost, plus some.

When you diet, you are consuming less food, so your metabolism slows down and you also lose muscle in the process. In no circumstance, in a healthy body, would you want to lose muscle mass! Instead we need to focus on what is being put into our bodies, and not how much of it.

There is a stigma against people who diet and then gain the weight right back, like they, the individual, are the reason they gained the weight back due to lack of will power, strength, laziness, and ignorance. This puts too much power in weight being a choice or a product of not trying hard enough to be what everyone wants you to be. I read a great quote from an article in TheAtlantic.com that said, “Nutrition and fitness should be directed towards a healthy and improved lifestyle- NOT appearance (that is just a benefit).” And it’s true!

First off, clean eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. It is making the conscious decision to be happier and healthier, not only for you, but for your family. Clean eating is all about being aware of the pathway your food had to go through, from growth to your plate. It is focusing on consuming whole or real food and reducing or eliminating processed, refined, or handled food from your diet.

Focusing on raw, organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and good fats, the benefits go far beyond just weight loss. You gain more energy, improved body system functioning, improved cognitive abilities, better skin, better hair… the list goes on!

Some general tips to remember when eating clean include:

  • Limit or cut out completely processed foods
  • Increase fruit and veggie intake (raw and organic are the best options)
  • Cut down saturated fat from meats and dairy
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Remove sugars and/or artificial sweeteners
  • Eat lean meats (or go meat free)
  • Cut out refined grains
  • Hydrate – not with sugary sports drinks but with water. If you don’t like water try adding lemon, cucumber or raspberries for a hint of flavor.

Now food is only one part of the weight loss equation. To lose weight and reach optimal health and wellness, you should exercise regularly, practice stress management, sleep proper amounts, hydrate, and focus on your daily nutrients. Clean eating will help you and your family feel better, long-term. And when you feel better, it shows!

Interested in joining a clean eating DIY program that you can start right now, today and start feeling and seeing the benefits?

Click here to learn more about my 28-Day Body Revolution: Reset and Thrive

Leave me a message below and share your weight loss success story.

Paige

New Year, New You!

First of all, let me say HAPPY NEW YEAR! I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you. Whether you have been with me for a while or are brand new, I can feel your energy and enthusiasm.

At the beginning of January we are notorious for making resolutions and starting over. Here is the thing, your new year can start any day or anytime that you decide. Just decide and get busy with the energy of new ideas, dreams and desires the new year brings. You could pay off your debt, go back to school, lose weight and get healthy or to just eat healthier meals.

January starts and we're full of enthusiasm for the new person we are becoming. About two weeks or a month later, we lose sight of our "resolutions" and fall back into old patterns. Not this year, not you. You can do it. I believe in you.

Here is my advice to get started and stick with it:

  1. Do what LIGHTS you up. What makes you excited to get out of bed? What are your desires and dreams?
  2. Take at least 4 ACTION steps a day to get momentum moving in the direction of your dreams for 2015.
  3. Be YOU and be ok with it. Authenticity is a word that has been thrown around a lot in the last year. But living your truth is the only way to really live. As Madonna said in the 90's, Express Yourself.
  4. Relax and have fun and enjoy every moment. The end goal is the cherry on top, but it’s the JOURNEY that's the most precious.

Here is  a healthy recipe from my new detox program that I’m releasing in the next couple of days. Get ready!

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Miso is also particularly high in antioxidants, which remove dangerous free radicals from the body. Free radicals are cell-

destroying chemicals that have been linked to degenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even the

effects of aging. Can we stay forever young? Maybe not in years but in our heart, yes.

 

VEGETABLE MISO SOUP (Makes 4 cups)

5 cups water

1/3 cup sliced carrots

1/3 cup diced zucchini

1/3 cup chopped broccoli

5 teaspoons miso of your choice

1 cup chopped kale, swiss chard, or other greens

MAKE THE VEGETABLES: In a large pot add water, carrots, zucchini and broccoli and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower to a simmer and let cook another 5 minutes.

MIX IN THE MISO: Add a few tablespoons of the vegetable broth from the pot to a small bowl. Add miso to the bowl and mix in the miso to form a puree. Place the miso puree in the soup pot and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes (miso should not be boiled because it will kill the beneficial bacteria). Finally, add the greens and simmer for 2 more minutes and then remove from heat.

For a boost of adrenal and kidney health, add Maine Coast Sea Sprinkles or buy sea vegetables like wakame, nori, or dulse flakes from your local market.

If you're ready to go deeper and lose weight and get healthy, contact me at paige@paigehinton.com to schedule a discovery session.

Have a wonderful week.

To your health,

Paige