LIFESTYLE SERIES WEEK 3: Go Green To Get More Energy [New Video]

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Are you still hanging in there with me or have you resorted back to your typical crappy morning routine that leaves you lethargic, moody, sleepy and sluggish like you have a hippopotamus hanging from your neck? Who wants to feel like they have an extra ton dragging them down? NOT ME!

I know, I know…I sound a bit preachy with all of this, but it’s more passion than preachy or even cheerleader-ish. I was a cheerleader back in the day and never lost the loud voice. LOL. But, the fact is cheerleaders can really get on your damn nerves with all the rah-rah. I digress. Back to passion. I am deeply, obsessively passionate about women living life on a higher level. Perhaps it’s because the women in my family didn’t have healthy role models and I was heading down that same slippery slope with poor self body image, eating disorders and anti-depressants.

JUST SAY NO!

We’re on week 3 of my lifestyle series and I want to know how you’re feeling. Have you tried the TeaMi detox and the lemon/ACV water?  Let me know and leave a comment. Ok, we’re on to the next thing I swear by in the morning. It’s easy, it’s green, it packs a punch. This is the recipe I have fallen in love with, but there are a million recipes you can try.

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Why Spinach? 

Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. It’s loaded with good things for every part of your body! Rich in antioxidants keeps cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

 

Why Strawberries? 

Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, iodine and folate. Plus, strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus,magnesium, vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids. They boost immunity, decrease wrinkles (heck, yea!!), fight bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.

I mentioned in the video my love for blueberries, turmeric and cayenne. Some people like switching out the almond milk for coconut water for increased hydration. If you have a yummy, green, low sugar, high antioxidant smoothie recipe– please share it with us in the comment area!

 

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It’s very simple. I just want you to feel your best. I’m proud to be your personal cheerleader. TOE TOUCH!

 

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Because I so passionate about women loving themselves and struggled for years with poor body image myself, I am proud to support The Elisa Project.  Please join us March 3rd for their annual life lessons fundraiser.  Get tickets HERE. 

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The Elisa Project (TEP) serves women, men, adolescents and children of all ages — we even have services for dependents’ of clients and their caregivers.  Our clients include people living with symptoms of unhealthy relationships with food including: disordered eating, obesity, eating disorders, and more.

TEP serves more than 30,000 individuals annually.  Currently, about half of our clients live in the North Texas area, one-fourth in Texas and one-fourth throughout the nation.  More than 70% of our clients have monthly incomes less than $1,000. For some of our clients, The Elisa Project is their only support.

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WOMEN OF DALLAS EMPOWERING OUR YOUNG WOMEN: A Personal Invitation to the ESTEEM Fashion Show

 

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Remember back when you were a teenager?

What was your confidence and level of self-esteem when you were 17? 

Were you under the pressure to be a good girl and to always look good. Perhaps you didn’t feel that pressure- thank God, but the majority of teen girls feel the pressure so strongly that they commit a slow suicide by starvation and binging/purging. We all know it’s not about the food- it’s about feeling so out-of-control that the one thing they can control is their weight. There are many layers to an eating disorder. As a teen, I experimented and swung between bouts of starving myself and binging/purging. Many of the women in my family were overweight and constantly dieting so at an early age I learned what a laxative was and how to abuse it. At around 16, I had a Japanese modeling agent tell me that my legs were too big & muscular and if I wanted to have any kind of modeling career, I needed to have thinner legs. The self-loathing was amped up to a new level at this point. Even at my age and so many years passing since the go-see with that agent, I still have to keep myself ‘in check’ from disliking my legs. Luckily, around age 20- after a few years of experimenting with hard core diet pills from Mexico, starving and working out for hours, I couldn’t keep it up and decided I enjoyed good food more than I enjoyed modeling. I was never that super thin, gaunt model and was on the shorter side at 5’7″ so bikini and fitness modeling was the niche I worked best in. My curves and muscles were embraced and I could give up the diet pills! 

Now, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of this generation of teen girls and how they are bombarded with Instagram images and size zero celebrities to compare themselves to. I can’t begin to imagine the battle for perfection they are killing themselves to achieve. Because of my tumultuous teen years and knowing the pain girls suffer in silence, I began mentoring young girls who are dealing with issues from eating disorders, cancer, abuse, early pregnancy, drugs and more.  

Now that I’m in Dallas, I was introduced to The Elisa Project– founded in 1999 by Rick and Leslie McCall in memory of their daughter Elisa, who suffered from an eating disorder and ultimately took her own life. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Elisa Project is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through support, awareness, education, and advocacy. We strive to be the premier knowledge resource on eating disorders and a proactive agent of change to ensure that all those affected by these diseases receive the treatment and support they need. via http://www.theelisaproject.org

Dallas sistas, I invite you to join us for the ESTEEM Fashion Show —now in its 5th year—is a celebration of positive body image and self-esteem. Local celebrities will join girls and women, of all ages and sizes, to embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self-acceptance. By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.

I am thrilled to be walking in the show in honor of my sweet Julie who is on the road to recovery from heart complications due to anorexia.  Hope to see you there!  Invite your friends!  

 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

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EVENT INFORMATION

Saturday, September 13, 2014 

10:30am // Doors Open

Tootsies

8300 Preston Center Plaza

Dallas, TX 75225

TICKET PRICES

$75 VIP Front Row Seating

$40 Adults

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Meet my drop-dead-gorgeous sister Natalie Bolton

My sister, Natalie, is a refreshing combination of tough-as-nails tomboy with the looks of a Victoria’s Secret model!   She kicked some serious butt on “Survivor” which led her on a Spiritual & Physical journey which she shares with us on the latest webisode….