Fitness and Fighting the sickness 

Happy Sunday!  I’ve been fighting off the flu for the past week. The weather is Southern California has been crazy, well for us! The rain and cold has definitely brought back cold and flu season. Being at the gym all the time with all the people makes it a lot easier for me to get sick. I was fighting it off for a while but finally it happened, I got sick!

A couple days after I started feeling pretty under the weather, I was super excited that I received my Relax Teami tea! It was perfect timing because it contains Lavender Flower, Chamomile, Lemon grass, Orange peel, Valerian Root extract. These plants help relax tight muscles and reduce insomnia. It also contains potassium, calcium and vitamin B which strengthen the immune system, prevent colds, flus and a variety of other illnesses. Teami Relax is caffeine-free and should be consumed right before bed!  

https://www.teamiblends.com/Teami_Relax

This is the first time that I’ve been consistently drinking herbal tea, as I shared in an earlier post, and I love it! I used to be a huge coffee drinker which was too much for my system all the time but if you are like me and have thyroid issues (like lack of one) you know sometimes well most of the time..we just need that extra boost. I have been doing the 30day detox regime every change of season and then switch over to the Alive tea for energy and now have my Relax tea for the PM. I definitely wanted to share the holiday promo code to get you guys some extra savings! MLKFIT at checkout for 20% off until end of the day 1/16/17 (if you are reading this post sales code THYOID will give you a discount as well)

Detox pack: AM and PM tea:

Detox AM Tea “SKINNY”


http://www.teamiblends.com/Teami_Detox_30_Days_Pack

The AM tea is loose leaf so If you don’t have an infuser this tumbler has a screen in it so I add the tea and water in the tumblr and sip on it all day by refilling it with water. That’s how I drink mine because I’m to inpatient to wait for the infuser every morning and it’s more portable on the go than a mug! 

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Visit teamiblends.com and enter MLKFIT in checkout to save 20% off your purchase!

 Let me know what you think! Have you ever tried a detox program and stuck with it? What works best for you? 

Thought you guys would enjoy this….my fiancé saw me taking pictures of my tea while he was watching the supercross from the couch and I got a text message with this pic haha! This is what why I love him! 

Protein Crazy: I want it clean!

When was the last time you investigated the ingredients in your protein powder? My meal schedule includes alternating between a meal and a protein every 2.5-3 hours so its safe to say I eat a good amount of protein every day! So I have been on the hunt for a “clean” protein powder that also tastes good!

My wish list included:

  1. non-soy
  2. low in sugar
  3. dairy free
  4. no harsh chemicals
  5. no sugar substitutes

I connected with Maggie Yount who is a leader of the My Whole Healthy Revolution, a Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach.

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Website: https://linkinprofile.com/mywholehealthy
IG: https://www.instagram.com/mywholehealthy/

 

Maggie and I connected on Instagram after another Thyroid Cancer Survivor I follow on Instagram posted  a picture of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant based protein powder. We were talking about my concerns and she was extremely helpful and responded quickly! I decided to try the powder and oh my goodness was it delicious!

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Since yesterday was National Icecream day and I did not partake I was craving a post workout milkshake! I decided to mix the protein powder, a 1/4 c of frozen bananas, and unsweetened almond milk in my Nutri Bullet. It was so creamy I felt like I was cheating! I added some cacao nibs from Navita’s Naturals to the brim! This was so delicious that I had to break out a spoon to scoop out every last bit in my cup!

I think this protein would be the perfect powder to use in baking because it didn’t have a after taste that you find in a lot of protein powders on the market and it mixed very smooth! I use protein powder in my waffles, oatmeal, pancakes, breakfast muffins, and so much more! A lot of times adding a protien powder leaves a distinct taste which makes it a bit unappetizing!

Ingredients:

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My sister, who just recently graduated nursing school, is my non-official ingredient investigator. She gave this two thumbs up and wants to try it herself! “Rebaudioside A” was the only thing I personally was not familiar with but my sister quickly informed me that is Stevia (Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Steviarebaudiana (1)) -more info bellow in FAQS

Other info:image

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors

Why no soy? I believe (and so does Life’s Abundance) that soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems. I have been avoiding soy since my thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2013.

I would definitely recommend trying this protein powder! Reach out to Maggie: maggie@mywholehealthy.com

FAQ

I also wanted to the FAQ PAGE from Life’s Abundance that I found was extremely helpful:

Why should I choose foods that are non-GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification is a technique that alters living cells to produce new chemicals and functions in plants and animals. Many food scientists question the safety of genetically modified foods because they do not know if eating GMO foods over a lifetime can damage our health.

What is vegan?

A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products.

What does gluten free mean and why is it important?

Gluten is the sticky protein found in certain grains including wheat, barley and rye.

To people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is very important because it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac cannot digest gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive system and affects the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, and anemia.

People with gluten sensitivity have similar symptoms to those with celiac disease but test negative for it as well as wheat allergies. These people may feel fatigued, depressed, bloated and have abdominal pain.

Gluten-free grains include rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat.

I have noticed “soy free” foods lately and I want to know if soy products are unhealthy?

Soy is one of the top food allergies, especially among babies and children. Symptoms of soy allergy are typically mild, although anaphylaxis is possible. People avoiding GMOs may avoid soy since more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

Soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems.

Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic human estrogen.

Is eating dairy free healthy?

People may go dairy free if they are lactose-intolerant, have a milk allergy or are vegan.

People with lactose intolerance do not have the enzyme lactase which helps to digest milk and they can experience diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps when eating dairy products.

Milk allergies, which are one of the top 8 food allergies, occur either minutes or hours after having milk or milk products and can cause hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps.

People may also avoid dairy for ethical reasons or believe it helps keep their skin clear.

Sugar is a natural ingredient so why do I care if there’s no sugar added?

Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation throughout the body and increased health risks. It is important to check labels since manufacturers frequently add sugar to many products that you would not think of as sweet, such as pasta sauces, chicken nuggets, cured meats, and ketchup. Also, sugar comes in many forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.

What is rebaudioside A?

Rebaudioside A is an ingredient that is extracted from stevia leaves. It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

What is monk fruit extract?

This fruit grown in Southeast Asia is one to one-and-one-half times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

Are natural flavors healthier than artificial flavors?

In general, artificial flavors tend to be in foods that are overly processed. If a food product contains artificial flavors, check to make sure that it doesn’t also contain other less desirable additives like artificial colors and preservatives.

What’s wrong with artificial colors?

Artificial colors may cause hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children. Some artificial colors have been linked to increased health risks.

What’s wrong with artificial preservatives?

Some artificial preservatives have been linked to increased health risks.

What are the manufacturer’s credentials?

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company that is GMP certified and FDA regulated in the USA.

 

DISCLAIMER: all statements made are cited and my own personal options are not medical advise as I am not a doctor! Any health concerns should be directed to your doctor!

 

Chill out: CryoSpot Cryotherapy

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I recently injured my shoulder and I had to take a break from working out at The Camp Transformation Center for a couple week which was really difficulty because I have been making so much progress!

Recently I discovered The CryoSpot Whole Body Cryotherapy in OC which is owned by Vic and his sister in law Aida. Here they have been helping me speed up my recovery and work to prevent future injuries.


Aida and Vic started their business in October 2015 after they tried Cryotherapy and felt the difference and realized all the benefits it offered. They bought a machine and now help people everyday at their office!

So what is cryotherapy you may ask?

“Whole Body Cryotherapy(WBC) is a revolutionary method of cold therapy involving exposure to subzero temperatures for a controlled period of time. WBC is a non-medical, non-invasive procedure for people seeking superior health, beauty, and athletic performance”

Essentially, when your body goes into shock from the cold (which is painless) your body naturally goes into fight or flight mode and your blood rushes to your core. This process flushes toxins and picks up nutrients and now your blood is now enriched and oxygenated.

As the blood flows back, your vessels start to expand and warm up with the nutrient and oxygen rich blood back into your tissue.

When I first walked into the door for my first session I have to admit I was excited but also a bit nervous. Aida greeted me at the front desk and was so friendly. She taught me everything I needed to know and patiently answered all my questions.

Step 1 – Get dressed for the “chamber”

In the changing rooms, you remove all jewelry and metal items before you treatment. Men, I believe you wear bottoms and ladies I wore panties ( I decided not to wear anything on top! If you want to wear a sports bra make sure there are not metal components!) . You then put on a pair of socks, a robe, gloves, and rubber shoes to protect your toes!

Step 2-Get in the Chamber

The booth was taller than me but once you step inside, the platform raises up so you can peek your head out the top. After you step inside and close the door, you remove your robe and hand it out to a staff member.

Step 3- Chill

They turn on the chamber and a refreshing light cloud of cold air surrounds your body. Is it cold? YES! But is it tolerable? Absolutely! The chamber gets to about -250 degrees F but I started out at -130. The second time I really enjoyed the treatment after seeing what to expect!

For your first time you target 2min and 30sec. My first time I went for 2min 45sec and the second visit I stayed the whole 3 maximum minutes with no problem! Once you master those 3 minimage-15utes each treatment you bring down the temperature a little bit more each time!

During your treatment time, you slowly step in place/ rotate in a circle. FYI I also overly smile during this time period and I have absolutely no idea why but its a thing that I just do! The only part that started to get cold was my knees, but the second treatment I raised my knees a bit higher in what I like to call my “penguin march” which made the feeling cold feeling go away!

Step 4- Warm up

After you are done, you put your robe back on and exit the booth and warm back up. This part feels so refreshing, I love it!

Step 5- Add on treatments

I decided to do a Cryo Facial my first time after my chamber treatment and the 2nd time I spot treated my shoulder injury. These are all separate charges!  This is done in a separate part of the room with a hand held machine. These treatments are extremely relaxing and can be used to treat issues like arthritis on your hands, skin inflammation, psoriasis, and much more! You can also spot treat any pain areas that need more attention than the whole body chamber! The facial left my skin feeling tight, minimized my pores, and any blemishes I had on my face were significantly less inflamed by the end of the day.

 

Benefits of Cryotherapy

So your probably wondering, why do people do WBC?

  • Reduces Pain and inflammation
  • Decreases muscle soreness (new Campers, I know your hurting right now! This helps So much!)
  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Boots metabolism and immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves sleep pattern
  • Releases serotonin and endorphins (same feeling as that post workout happiness)
  • Improves skin elasticity/ reduces appearance of cellulite

Also, just a little FYI ..1 session can burn anywhere from 400-800 calories…. #yourwelcome

What do I think about Cryotherapy?

I slept like a baby the nights that I did a treatment. I felt refreshed and my soreness significantly subsided. Before I started my treatments I didn’t take any glutamine and still have not taking that mean for the past couple days just to see how my body reacts to the soreness with the treatments and I have to say I am impressed! After my second treatment decided to go back to the camp taking a break for two weeks and I kept up with the class a lot more than I expected! I decided to add this to my wholebody wellness treatment plan and signed up for a monthly treatment plan and some spot treatment sessions!

So stop by Cryospot and mention KELSEY and your first Whole body Cryo therapy treatment is only 20$ 

Don’t forget to let me know how it goes! And thanks again to Aida and Vic you guys are amazing!