Day 2/30 – Healthy Living Challenge

So my cold, aka super duper bad sinus infection FINALLY seems to be working it’s way to gone. For a week my head felt like it was going to implode.

 

BREAKFAST: I had a yummy Arbonne chocolate shake w/1 scoop of daily fiber boost, something I KNOW I do not get enough of!

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MID MORNING SNACK: Celery w/ hummus

LUNCH: Coconut yogurt again (yeah kinda my daily) + sunflower seeds + a few almonds + flax seeds + sesame seeds and a couple bean chips on the side. Followed by; Arbonne Digestion Plus mixed with and Arbonne Fizz Stick.

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SNACK: Strawberries w/Arbonne dip 🍫🍓 https://runningtozen.org/2017/10/17/quick-treat/

EXERCISE: 30 minutes elliptical

DINNER: Southwest Quinoa & Bean Salad w/Sweet Potato (Basically a meatless. corn free, gluten free taco salad). This was delicious beyond my expectations (and my hubby’s). I basically threw a bunch of stuff together and it worked! When I’m sick cooking usually isn’t happening in my house. But because I was committed to the Healthy Living Challenge, I was determined. 

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  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Black Beans
  • Chili Peppers
  • Corn (omitted from our recipe)
  • Cilantro
  • Iceberg & romaine lettuce
  • Red Cabbage
  • Raddish
  • Bean chips
  • Tomato (optional)
  • Avocado (optional – we forgot to buy avocado 😭)
  • Red Pepper Dressing (not shown)
    • Sweet Red Bell Pepper chopped
    • 1/2 cup plain coconut yogurt
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • dash of cumin
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

    DIRECTIONS:

      1. To make the  dressing, combine bell pepper, yogurt, garlic, lime juice and salt in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, add olive oil and vinegar in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
      2. To assemble the salad, place all in a large bowl. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Stir in avocado.
      3. Serve immediately, garnished with bean chips if desired

     

     

BEFORE BED: Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea – this is sooooooo good! I usually drink hot tea once autumn hits, but add to it this nasty sinus thing I have and a cup of herbal tea before bed helps knock me right out 😴💤

 

Recap:

And this 30 Days To Healthy Living is easy and kinda effortless. I will admit the digestion plus is not the tastiest thing you will ever drink. But you can mix it with the fizz sticks and it’s only 4oz of water you have to drink. That’s ONLY a half a cup! It’s very doable! This program is a great for detoxing off unhealthy eating habits and getting me focused on proper nutrition and nourishing my body. 

After 2 days, so far what I can say is that I haven’t bloated at all. Which is one of the things gluten does to our bodies, even when we aren’t full blown allergic or have celiacs. I won’t lie, I know I will occasionally eat products with gluten after this program is completed, because I’m not super sensitive to it. But what I’m learning is that, YES I can eat well without it and YES I feel better without it. And I have a hunch that I will be shown I will lose this stubborn weight easier without it. 

This is also drawing me and Keith back away from those sugar fixes we are ALL sucked into. It seems no matter how good our nutrition gets we allow sugar to creep back into our diets because it’s EVERYWHERE! Taking a focused time like this really puts it into perspective again.

💙xoxoe

 

 

Quick Treat

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Need a treat?? Try this!
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon almond butter
1/8 teaspoon natural coconut flavor ( grocery store spice aisle)
2 tablespoons of almond, cashew, rice or coconut milk
blend well and dip! …YUM!!!

Day 1/30 – Healthy Living Challenge

So I started the day off yesterday still a wee bit down and out with a pretty rough sinus infection. But as the day progressed I felt better and food was really good! After being sick, eating healthy foods felt pretty awesome actually. My body was really thankful! So all in all day one was a fabulous way to start! I never lost my appetite through being sick thankfully and with all the healthy food I ate I was satisfied all day. I had a bit more fruit than I had planned my menu out for but because I wasn’t feeling so hot all didn’t go quite as planned. I missed having the broccoli we were supposed to have for dinner 🥦 

BREAKFAST: Arbonne Protein Pancakes w/fruit

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MID MORNING SNACK: Coconut Yogurt

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LUNCH:  Arbonne Chocolate Shake with a scoop of Greens Balance 

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SNACK: Arbonne Pomegranate Energy Fizz Stick with water + Hummus w/ raw veggies

EXERCISE: 1 hour walk – easy walk

DINNER: Citrus Cod w/brown rice & fresh fruit

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  • 4 (6-ounce) cod fillets
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Marinade fresh cod in ingredients listed for about 30 minutes. Spray broiler pan with coconut oil, or other non stick spray. Broil for 15 minutes or until done. Serve with brown rice and fresh fruit or broccoli. 

BEFORE BED: Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea w/a dash of cinnamon

 

 

My Skincare Routine

 

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First let me say it took me far too long to know that I should have started taking care of my skin in my 20’s. That being said I didn’t start really caring for my skin properly until I quit smoking and really looked at myself and how smoking aged me prematurely. I tried hundreds of dollars worth of products in the last 4 years and thrown all in the trash until now. I actually became an Independent Consultant for Arbonne because I fell in love with the RE9 line. I know first hand how this line made dramatic changes in not only the look of my skin, but the health of my skin. After finding RE9, I will never need to look for another skincare line, ever! If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email or stop by my website to learn more about allllll the amazing products that now fill my heart and my home! http://susanhalloran.arbonne.com/

Every Morning….

Step 1. RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser

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Used morning and evening. 

To start, the scent is soft and very subtle but also beautiful.  The gentle foam leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean but not striped dry. My skin is actually softer and more supple after cleansing with RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser. I had a minor amount of very small pin prick size whiteheads in the summer from running and sweating a lot, but once I started using this cleanser my face cleared of any spots and they never showed back up. I’ve heard from many clients who have said the same thing that their skin cleared up within two weeks of use. But the best is that feeling of new skin, you know how a babies skin feels? Yep that’s what your face feels like after using this!

RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser Ingredients 

Step 2. RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner 

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Use morning and evening after cleanser. 

Every single toner I’ve used in the past has left my skin feeling dry. With RE9 Regenerating Toner, my skin feels supple, soft and balanced. So what’s the purpose of a toner? Toners collect any impurities that may be left on the skins surface after cleansing and return the skin to its natural PH balance. Non drying and alcohol free!

RE9 Regenerating Toner Ingredients

Step 3. RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum 

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Use morning and evening. Apply evenly all over your face and neck. Wait to dry, and follow with a cream with SPF in the morning and night cream in the evening.

You only need to apply a small amount, and your skin feels firmer instantly. I love it’s light orange scent, very uplifting for your mood too. The product actually works with your skin to produce more collagen, thus strengthening and tightening the skin from the inside out. It helps your skin cells turn over and renew themselves faster, so your skin looks brighter and clearer.

Ingredients 

Step 4. RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream Or 

RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen (I use both, depending on the day/event)

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RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream: Use morning and evening.

RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen: For sunscreen use – apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure, reapply at least every 2 hours, use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

These are two of my favorite products. I used to be a heavy smoker and as most smokers know once you go over that 30 year birthday mark, your eyes star showing the toll of years of smoking. Premature wrinkles, dark circles and dryness. These two are miracle workers. I use them separately at times when I’m doing a quick morning makeup, then I just use the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream. But when I go out running or hiking I make sure I use the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen!! But often I double up and use them both. These make your eyes look fabulous and FEEL fabulous. Your eyes actually feel nourished. Some people use the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen during the day and the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream at night. 

Here’s a list of the ingredients in the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream and here’s one for the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen

Step 5. Normally I use RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20 Sunscreen (used when out running, hiking, etc… to protect my skin from the sun) and RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream for daily use, but I ran out and have been using Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

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Used in the morning (any of the three products above that I mentioned are used as a part of my morning skincare regiment). Apply generously and evenly over the entire face and neck.

The Calm line is an amazing line I purchased to test out because I like to be able to speak first hand about products I recommend. Calm is for use by people with super sensitive skin. An amazing combo for anyone with acne Arbonne Calm Line and Genius (see below photo).

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But the calm line does little to work on prevention, delaying or minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, at least nowhere near as fabulously as any of the products in the RE9 line. The day cream keeps my skin super hydrated and moisturized all day long!

I plan to give a test drive to the RE9 Lifting and Contouring Cream very very soon. It’s a more advanced version in the RE9 line and works deeply on the elasticity of your skin.

Ingredients Lists: RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream, RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20 Sunscreen, and Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer 

Every Night….

Step 1. RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream what you see pictured is the older version of this night cream. It has since been reformulated and improved. I have a tiny bit of the older stuff to use up left!

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Use nightly.

Formulated with an ultra-hydrating blend of botanicals, plus collagensupporting ingredients that replenish moisture and deliver essential nourishment to maximize the skin’s natural reparative cycle. Helps reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles through moisturization — all while you sleep. Using this I wake up with great skin, instead of dry skin. So I know my skin was well nourished and being kept healthy as I slept.

Ingredients

Step 2. Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution

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Use nightly 

Arbonne Intelligence® Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and Resurfacing Solution Clinically proven to improve skin moisture, elasticity and firmness in just 2 weeks. Reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines for skin that feels smooth, even-toned and beautiful. It’s basically the best and gentlest exfoliate you can find!

Ingredients 

Extras….

RE9 Advanced Age-Defying Neck Cream 

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And extra to my morning skincare, I add it with step 4.

I don’t use this daily, at least not yet. But I do use it when I go out and every weekend I do a pampering day and I add this to the rest of my spa products. You can’t fight genetics or time, but you can surely hold them back and keep them at bay. And this is one of those wonder products that keeps the genetics held back 😉

Ingredients

Firming Body Cream

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I use it alllll the time!

This is just a great body cream. It’s not heavy, not greasy, just makes your skin soft and nourished!

Ingredients 

What’s Next….

Arbonne Intelligence® Genius Ultra

Next month I’m investing in this beauty! I hope to be sharing my own tutorial with you very very soon!

 

How To….

Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Coconut Milk

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Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Coconut Milk

Serves 6 to 8 
1 (3-pound) acorn or butternut squash
2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus more for brushing
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 pears, peeled, seeded, and chopped sea salt to taste
4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons chopped raw pecans

Directions Found @ Women’s Running

 

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Back To Basics With 30 Days To Healthy Living

This Monday I start my 30 Days To Healthy Living journey. I’m super excited about it. This is simply the next step for me in my quest to live healthier. Not only am I doing this for myself, but for my clients and future clients so that I have this wealth of firs hand experience to share. I will be able to help each of you better as you choose to make the decision to eat healthier and live healthier because I will have taken the same steps. For the next 30 days I will try and share things like recipes, tips and tell you exactly how I’m feeling along the way. Today is supposed to be a food prep day but I’ve been sick since Thursday and today I spent most of my day in bed with a super bad sinus cold. So hubby may be doing some of that prep and the rest we’ll just wind it the rest of the week 😉 So now onto a little of what the month will look like….

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Nutrition

My nutrition plan has become very specific over the course of time,  trial, error and education. My nutrition has evolved and changed over the years based on what I’ve learned about food and nutrition.

And with that evolution Arbonne’s 30 Days To Healthy Living was a natural fit. It’s pretty much the direction our nutrition plan at home has been heading towards anyway. It’s not rocket science and it’s not a diet. It’s re-learning or learning how to eat for optimal health, DAILY. Not a diet, no heavy restrictions. We’re all smart enough to know there’s foods that are better for us than others. The science of food and how it affects our health and longevity proves this more and more every day.

The 30 Days To Healthy Living nutrition plan is; gluten free whole grains , fruits, vegetables and healthy fat, along with fish, seafood and eggs (I omit: red meats, pork, and other fowl – conscientious choice) and I will add poultry no more than four times a month (conscientious choice).  As I learn to cook with beans and lentils more I will eventually eliminate chicken from our shopping list all together. 

And the nutrition plan also omits; dairy and processed sugar – both of which I’ve already mostly omitted from our daily menu. We do occasionally have our treats which include processed sugars but as of now I choose to not bake because that just leaves temptation siting around the house. We do allow ourselves to venture to sugary foods and will indulge in good chocolate, and a stop at Starbucks once in a while. But as a treat, not as the norm. We also will allow for celebrations, but my body thanks me for keeping it at a treat. 

Wine I drink in moderation and water water water, teas and occasional sparkling waters or a cup of cappuccino. 

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Arbonne Nutrition and Supplements
I’m all set to go as you can see in the photo above. I made an important investment in my health, one I am super excited about! So what’s in the 30 Days To Healthy Living Kit? Well you can customize it a bit and I already had told you I won’t be incorporating the 7 Day Cleanse as it’s usually done (the week before the 30 Day Challenge begins), but I will be doing it the alternative way. At the end of my first week of my 30-day program, I’ll use one pouch of the 7-Day Cleanse. Then, at the beginning of the second week of my 30-day program, I’ll use 7-Day Body Cleanse on your first and second day of that week. And them repeat this same step for the third and fourth week. So my kit contains:

  • 2 -2lb bags of Protein Shake Mix (chocolate and vanilla)
  • 1 -1lb bag Daily Fiber Booster
  • 2 boxes of Energy Fizz Sticks (citrus and pomegranate)
  • 1 carton Digestion Plus (3- stick packs)
  • 1 Arbonne Essentials Greens Balance
  • 2 boxes of Daily Detox Tea (20 bags each)
  • Support Guide
  • PLUS I will be in a group with others who are at all different stages of their 30 days. I will get tips, recipes, support and have a place for all my questions to be answered.
  • + I added on the 7 Day Cleanse

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Exercise                                                                                                                                         \
Daily exercise is pretty much a given part of my lifestyle now. I’m mixing it up with walking, running, hiking, Les Mills Bodypump and Bodycombat along with Bodyflow and yoga. I get bored super easy and taking it outside or to a gym for drop in classes keeps me from getting bored. I have Les Mills streaming so I can do those at home when I really just want to be close to home. But I found a daily routine of at home fitness caused me to fall into a rut, get bored and eventually just not do it. So I needed lots of flexibility and changes. After all fitness should be part of your lifestyle, not something that limits you to staying indoors alone. 

 

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