AIN’T CALLED BEAUTY SLEEP FOR NOTHIN’ || New Video

Hello Gorgeous,

Curious, how did you sleep last night? I bet half of you are saying you slept great and the other half tossed, turned, had that 3am mind crank and woke up feeling like the wicked witch of the west. Been there. It flat out sucks! Aside from the anxieties of life, hormones also play a role in bad sleep. Around your period, the insomnia kicks in. Then the next phase of life brings all the night sweating. I mean, really, WHAT THE HECK! Can’t a sista get a break? 

Over time, poor sleep will not only make you cranky and give you those deep track marks in the middle of your eyes (thank God for botox), but it weakens your immune system in a big way. Over the past few years, my stress levels were extremely high which made my sleeping patterns craaaarazy.  What do you think happened?  Of course, I was sick most of last year with upper respiratory infections, colds, adrenal fatigue and clogged lymphatic system. I just thought I wasn’t used to the allergies in Texas, but now I realize how my immune system suffered because of the stress and awful sleep.

I wanted this year to be totally different.

Ladies, what we do now will determine how we look and feel in our 60’s. I’m taking charge of my health and seeking out better choices for everything.  I’ve been fairly health conscious over the past 15 years, but WHOA- our bodies change drastically between 25 and 40. Then again at 45 , 50, and so on. It’s vital that we stay diligent and adjust to the constant changes. Stay in tune with your body! Remember when we were younger and could function on little sleep? Now, I need a full 8-9 hours because I know with the tossing and turning I’m probably only getting about 6-7 good hours.

Add an overly busy lifestyle and lots of travel to poor sleeping habits and it’s a recipe for illness. Check out my latest discovery and how I have kept from getting sick after a  months of travel and the stress + sadness of much loss:

 

In addition to daily exercise, vitamins + supplements, turmeric, garlic, more water, ginger, Manuka honey and cutting back on alcohol– make sure to add the dynamic duo TeaMi teas. To give you more incentive, get 15% OFF with discount code HENDRA15 at checkout.

As always, I would love to hear your two-cents so please share a comment.
You and your thoughts are important to me!

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Green Protein Smoothie Update

 

Hey Gorgeous Girl!

Curious, what did you think of my recent lifestyle series?

Have you implemented anything I shared?

What about the green protein smoothie?

Adding this to my morning routine was truly life changing. As I mentioned in the video, I am constantly trying different protein powders in search of the best fit for my taste buds and nutritional needs.

HELLO VEGA!

Since the video, many of you have messaged about protein powders. Over the past month, I keep going back to the Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake because it has really clean ingredients, it tastes great and blends smoothly (not chalky!). I love the chocolate flavor. I will admit the Vanilla Chai flavor is, well, just skip it. Trust me. All the Vega products are available on Amazon and it’s at most groceries stores even Target.

Here’s the deets:

  • All-in-one plant-based protein powder made from real, whole food ingredients
  • 20g of premium, plant based protein from pea, hemp, SaviSeed, and flax for a complete amino acid profile
  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals from broccoli, kale, spirulina, strawberries, and more
  • 25% daily fiber, 1.5 Grams omega-3s, probiotics, and antioxidants
  • Non-Gmo project verified, vegan certified, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and made without dairy or soy ingredients

 

 

Try it and let me know what you think!
If you have added the green smoothie to your AM routine, leave a comment and let me know about the benefits you are experiencing!

 

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NEW 6-WEEK LIFESTYLE VIDEO SERIES: Week 1 Detox with TeaMi

 

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Do YOU want to feel better?

Do YOU want to look better?

Do YOU want to do better?

 

If you raised your hand and answered YES then you’re in the right place, my sista! We can dress it up all day long, but if you don’t feel good, if you’re fatigued and foggy headed, no amount of makeup, botox and designer clothing can make you feel good. Ok, ok… maybe for like 24 hours, but the high from the instant gratification wears off quick. We hear the mantra “beauty from the inside out” everywhere and you may think it’s redundant, but it’s not. It’s pure, simple, in your face– truth.

What’s the point of rockin’ a killer outfit if you’re achy, moody, exhausted, anxious and have a lackluster complexion?

After the years of sharing all my style tips on video I’ve decided to do the same with the long list of lifestyle tips that I’ve only shared here on the blog. Why did I decide to do this? Because when I coach and mentor women, the first thing we focus on is their daily routine specifically their morning routine. I’m shocked to hear how many ladies are not setting up their body, mind + spirit for a successful day. (No, a cup of coffee is NOT breakfast!!!) So, we’re starting with your AM routine. Ready?

I’ll launch a new video every TUESDAY for the next 6-Weeks. ((Happy Dance)) I would love to hear your feedback along the way and if you’re implementing any of these tips. I admit I got a bit lazy and indulged WAY too much over the holidays and gained a few lbs so I’m kicking my own bootie and getting back in gear.

The theme of this series is all about “feeling good so you look good and then you’ll get out there and do good”. Ya wanna?

I’m kicking off week 1 with the amazing and effective 30-Day Detox I mentioned around Thanksgiving by TeaMi Blends. Why start with this topic? Because our organs need to be cleansed of all the toxins in order to function properly! That’s why it’s called a deTOX. This process is vital to kickstart any weightloss program and set yourself up for success. I’ve been drinking the Skinny TeaMi in the morning and then throughout the day when I have a really busy schedule to keep my energy up!

WATCH THIS FOR MORE:

Remember, my friends get 20% OFF with my friends code “HENDRA20” at checkout

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Curious about the electric kettle? There are some great options on Amazon!

 

Tell all your girlfriends about the new series especially those who complain of dragging butt in the mornings.

SHARING IS CARING!

 

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Get Your Sassy (and sanity) Back [Candid Video]

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I am thrilled to report that after just 6 weeks of starting the BioTe bio-identical hormone replacement with Heather Newman at Etre Belle

I’ve got my sassy back!

 

Since my early 30’s, I have suffered from debilitating PMS. Let’s just say you did not want to come anywhere near my direction when I was PMS’ing! I was like the wicked witch of the west and would unleash my flying monkeys on anyone who crossed me.  Luckily, for my friends and family I usually tried to hole up that week and became very antisocial. Maybe I just didn’t want anyone to meet the witch in me. I got on a birth control pill designed for PMDD and that didn’t help much so I got on an anti-depressant. I was also going through a spiritual healing at the time so add that to out of whack hormones and I was just a hot mess.  I wish I had known to get my hormone levels checked way back then! We never think that peri-menopausal symptoms can start that young, BUT –THEY DO SISTAS!

It’s my mission to share anything I’ve learned that could make your journey better. If you are suffering from horrible PMS, migraines, foggy brain, mood swings, poor sleep, sluggish energy and low libido please go get your hormones checked. Make sure you go to a functional medical practitioner specializing in bioidentical hormones who will run an extensive bloodwork panel.

To give you an idea of why I was so exhausted, my testosterone level for my age and weight should have been at a 75 and I was -3. After much research, I just knew I had to try the testosterone pellets. They are implanted into a small incision in your upper bootie so there’s a slow release into your system over 3-4 months. It’s a super simple and pain free procedure.

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My thyroid and progesterone levels were also extremely low so I’m taking a natural progesterone pill and NatureThroid. Strangely, my Vitamin D level was also very low so I’m taking a sublingual D3 supplement. I was taking Vitamin D3 daily, but obviously I wasn’t taking the proper dose. That was a wake up call because although I’m religious about taking my vitamins daily it doesn’t mean I’m getting enough.

I’m going tomorrow to get my bloodwork checked again to see exactly how my all my levels are doing. It’s vital to keep up with your bloodwork to ensure you are getting the proper amount of hormones.

LADIES, please make your health a priority! We shouldn’t be drudging through life with no energy and depressed half the month. Seriously, I would feel awful the week before my period AND the week of my period so that is half of my life.  That simply just sucked.

DON’T WAIT!

Go get your sassy & sanity back!

Love Your Spiritual Spitfire,

Tiff

 

HAPPY KIDNEYS: I’m A New Woman!

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Are you sick of hearing about my detox yet? Well, sista– this is the final and most important post about it so please listen up. I mentioned about three weeks ago in the post about rebounding  that I was dealing with some crazy fatigue. My holistic doc found out I was dealing with several issues. Immediately, he put me on a detox program and let me tell you- today, I feel like a new woman! WooHoo! My energy is back and that fog has lifted from my brain. Feels good to be able to put together a complete sentence again- LOL! The weekend I completed the detox, I embarked on one of the busiest work and event weeks that I’ve had this year -complete with a quick job in LA- and I felt amazing. I was worried I wouldn’t have the stamina to pull it all off, but I DID IT!  God works in mysterious ways and I was able to walk barefoot on the beach (for the negative ions…also recommended by my doc) on the final day of my detox. The above photo was how I was greeted in Santa Monica. #BlessedAndHealthy

I am passionate about giving you ladies style tips so you look great, but if you don’t feel strong, healthy, sharp and energetic then the fab clothes really don’t do much. When you feel good, you look good and you go out into the world and do good! 

At the end of October, I slowly eased into the detox by starting just a few things my doc recommended. It’s too shocking to our body to start off with everything at once. I began cutting back on meats and eating much cleaner/organic. I added rebounding and dry brushing daily to stimulate my lymphatic system, cut back on coffee (grrrrrr!!) to one cup in the morning instead of two and stopped drinking alcohol. The second week, I added daily juicing to the regimen. I love the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain because it’s easy to use and clean up.  For this detox, I used primarily veggies and no fruits to cut back on the sugar. Beets and carrots have a lot of sugar so I would use one or the other and not both at the same time. If you just cannot deal with the “earthy” flavor, add a small apple for sweetness.

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The final and most important part of the detox was the 5-Day Kidney Detox by Dr. Schulze.  I admit to being a bit nervous about it, but it really wasn’t that bad! Drinking lemon water was already part of my morning routine so that was easy although I had to drink 2-3 times more than normal with added cayenne. Sipped on a delicious tea throughout the day and that’s about it. You also need to plan it during a week that you can keep a light schedule because you pee a zillion times a day as your body is getting rid of the toxins. I read the book that came in the packet and realize now how important our kidneys are. Knowledge is power!

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1.Your kidneys clean ALL of the blood in your body EVERY HOUR!

2.Your kidneys balance your body’s fluid levels, stopping water retention, as well as dehydration.

3.Hypertension is the #1 reason Americans die of heart attacks and strokes. Your kidneys regulate your blood pressure!

4.Your kidneys are responsible for the assimilation of vitamins into your bloodstream.

5.Your kidneys regulate and control the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to every cell in your body.

 

“Every organ in your body DEPENDS on your kidneys staying healthy and strong. In fact, all the cells in your body need nutrition brought IN and waste eliminated OUT, and they need your KIDNEYS to do this!

Your kidneys weigh about five ounces each and are roughly the same size as your fist, but they filter 96 GALLONS of your blood EVERY DAY!” –Dr. Schulze

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If you love your girlfriends and care about their health, please share this with them.

Please comment and let me know if you’ve done this type of detox before.

Strut, Shine & Soar Sista!

Love, Tiff xo

GINGER: One Ingredient = Many Benefits! By Guest Blogger Stacey Marshall

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In this article, I’m going to share with you some information about a powerful, nutritional herb and compound, ginger.

Ginger is extremely versatile in its interaction inside the human body:

  1. It is proven to be an extremely potent pain reliever than box-standard pain killers
  2. Studies have shown it to be more effective at improving digestion than over-the-counter digestive medications
  3. It’s been proven to reduce symptoms of nausea

Ginger root has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits. As I mentioned earlier, one of the main benefits of consuming ginger is that it reduces inflammation.

A recent medical study, published out of Denmark, and published in the Journal of Arthritis, found that:

If you consume just a small amount of ginger, it is more effective at reducing your pain symptoms and inflammation than pain killers given by general practitioners today.

So again, if you’re trying to reduce pain and inflammation, ginger is more effective than many medications, according to the Journal of Arthritis.

Ginger is also very effective in improving the digestive function. If an individual suffers from some kind of inflammation in the intestines, this could well be a warning sign of GI inflammation. Things like eczema, acne, psoriasis, or certain types of skin blemishes are a warning sign, that you probably have inflammation in your digestive tract. Ginger is a great way of reducing these symptoms.

Not only has ginger proven to reduce inflammation, it also supports digestive health. Another incredible thing about ginger is that it aids digestion due to its prebiotics content. It contains a specific type of fiber, which causes good bacteria to grow in that area.

For all the dieters out there, a healthy digestive system aids weight loss, which is another benefit of using this ingredient.

Last but not least, ginger is very effective at reducing symptoms of nausea. So, if you’re ever going to be flying in an airplane, or let’s say, going on a boat all day, and you get sea sick, taking ginger is one of the best things you can possibly do.

You can rub a small amount of ginger essential oil behind your ear. One of the things physicians advise their patients over the years who’ve had arthritis, and diabetes, and other symptoms of inflammation, is to drink ginger tea.

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It’s very easy to make:

  1. Boil green tea
  2. Slice up ginger root
  3. Boil ginger root for 30 minutes (it releases anti-inflammatory compounds)

Try just drinking ginger green tea throughout the entire week.

Alternatively, break off a piece of ginger, or throw it in a smoothie. Ginger can be great with blueberries and peaches because it adds some really good flavor.

Remember all the benefits from ginger:

  1. It is powerful at reducing inflammation
  2. Can reduce symptoms of nausea
  3. Supports digestion
  4. Contains prebiotics

Get more of this super herb ginger in your diet. Medical science proves it, and history proves it, so how much more persuading do you really need?

This article was written by Stacey Marshall. Stacey is a qualified nutritionist and personal trainer. You can find more of her articles on www.authenticweightloss.com.

References:

  1. ‘Arthritis Journals| Peer Reviewed | High Impact Articles List’. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/arthritis.php.
  2. ‘Ginger’. University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ginger.
  3. ‘Ginger’. University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ginger.
  4. ‘Ginger And Digestive Health Benefits’. Digestive Health Guide. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://digestivehealthguide.com/ginger-and-digestive-health/.
  5. ‘Ginger Health Benefits | Best Foods for Arthritis | Arthritis Diet’. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/ginger-benefits.php.
  6. ‘Ginger: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD’. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-961-ginger.aspx?activeingredientid=961&activeingredientname=ginger.
  7. ‘JAMA Network | JAMA | Collaborative Care for Chronic Pain in Primary Care:  A Cluster Randomized Trial’. Accessed 3 November 2015. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=183624.
  8. Rahnama, Parvin, Ali Montazeri, Hassan F. Huseini, Saeed Kianbakht, and Mohsen Naseri. ‘Effect of Zingiber Officinale R. Rhizomes (ginger) on Pain Relief in Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Placebo Randomized Trial’. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12, no. 1 (10 July 2012): 92. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-92.
  9. Schittek, Birgit, Rainer Hipfel, Birgit Sauer, Jürgen Bauer, Hubert Kalbacher, Stefan Stevanovic, Markus Schirle, et al. ‘Dermcidin: A Novel Human Antibiotic Peptide Secreted by Sweat Glands’. Nature Immunology 2, no. 12 (5 November 2001): 1133–37. doi:10.1038/ni732.

7 WAYS TO GET AN IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE WONDER WOMAN

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Who has time to be in bed for a week with the flu or a cold? None of us. The season is here and I am bound & determined to keep my immune system as strong as possible. There are bad habits many of us have that weaken our systems and make us susceptible to germs and viruses. It takes a bit more effort than merely using hand sanitizer or taking extra vitamin C although both of those are good habits.

Join me in being as strong as possible this winter:

  1. GET MORE Zzz’s. When we have poor sleeping habits it lowers our immune system and reduces the numbers of killer cells that fight germs. If you’re a night owl, try going to bed earlier. If it’s possible- take a catnap during the day.
  2. CHILL OUT. Chronic stress does a royal number on your immune system and there’s a major decline in the system’s ability to fight disease. A hot bath is not going to do the trick. Try creating a lifestyle of stress relieving activities like painting, kickboxing or yoga.
  3. NO COMMUNAL PENS. I’m guilty of using the communal pens at the bank and we can’t get around using the credit/debit card machine touchpad pen. (that’s when the hand sanitizer comes in handy) Carry your own pen for bank deposits and to various meetings in your office. Politely tell co-workers your pen is off limits due to it being flu season. Encourage them to use their own pens as well. Keep a box of inexpensive ballpoint pens in your office for co-workers. Tell them they can keep it!
  4. GET YOUR GIGGLE ON. Because the days are shorter, darker and colder- our mood takes a dip during winter. Laughing actually activates stress busting hormones and increases immune cells.
  5. LIMIT THE BOOZE. Ok, I know this is a challenge during winter because of all the holiday parties, but be mindful of limiting your intake.  Alcohol can actually damage the immune system because it prevents nutrients from feeding the immune system. Once the alcohol gets into the blood stream, it begins reducing the number of white blood cells making it difficult to fight off disease.
  6. GIRL TIME. It’s a scientific fact that women who create regular genuine friendships and connect on a regular basis have stronger immune systems. With the busyness of the holiday season on top of cramming in work before your time off, it’s easy to bypass quality time with friends. If you can’t grab coffee, at least have a fun phone chat. You’ll both benefit from the boost.
  7. POP THE SUPP’S. We will never get the amount of immune building nutrients we need from meals. It’s important to consistently take the proper supplements to strengthen your system. Last week with the first temperature dip, I ordered a great supplement filled with immune boosting nutrients like camu camu which has antiviral properties and 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. It’s also filled with amazing nutrients for mental alertness, mood balance, anti-inflammatory properties, energy and healthy skin/hair/nails.

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What habits do you need to change?

Take good care of you, sista.

Love, Tiff