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Heels To Laces has rebranded & revamped! We are on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it.
Our new format is below. As always, we love interaction so email us, comment, share and send your thoughts. Let’s get this started…
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” ~E. Degeneres
TRUTH OR DARE
Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week’s choice:
Dare: We dare you to remove refined sugar from your diet for ONE week.
Raw honey is fair game. Why?
Sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. This is due to its higher fructose content, and the absence of trace minerals. Honey is comprised of only single sugars (monosaccharides) which do not need microvilli enzymes to absorb them like refined sugars. The sugars in honey are already in absorbable form. Many with digestive issues do not have functioning enzymes – which make it harder to process and break down the sugar. In addition, raw honey (choose raw! refined honey is overly processed) has incredible antioxidant and healing powers and is the perfect energy source. A study from the University of Wyoming found that raw honey can even activate hormones that suppress appetite.
Raw honey, a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals (including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium) and 5,000 enzymes. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
Mangos have recently been highlighted as a super-packed super food. The benefits are endless including:
- One cup = 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation for healthy immune function and collagen formation
- They are high in vitamin A, which helps promote good vision, bone growth, healthy membranes and skin
- Mangos contain more than 20 different vitamins and minerals
- They contain flavonoids like betacarotene, alphacarotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin (translation: super-rich antioxidant strength)
- Mangos are high in potassium, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure
- They are rich in vitamin B6, which helps hormone production in your brain (yes, your brain has hormones)
- One cup = 12% of your daily dietary fiber (shortening the time waste spends in your colon – therefore, reducing the risk of colon cancer!)
Mangos have been shown in clinical studies to protect against cancer of the colon, breast, and prostate, as well as leukemia. The most prominent effectiveness was against breast and colon cancer which studies show, cells died off while normal cells were unharmed. 1.
WHAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH
It’s holiday time – and the sales are tremendous. We like to follow the premise of one for you, one for me. By giving a gift and receiving the gift at the same time, you experience complete fulfillment. Just sayin’.
Organic Red Wine
Organic red wine has no sulfites. What does that mean for you? No hangover. You can drink a bottle (ala Italy) and wake up and conquer your day. Not that we are suggesting you drink an entire bottle, but if you were to, you’d be just fine. It is holiday season after all. Brands we like? Honoro Vera makes a few varieties – most of which are from Spain, all of which are delicious.
Flawless Hair Remover
Have you ever looked really closely in the (magnified) mirror and noticed a layer of peach fuzz on your face? Hate to say it, but most of us have it. Especially if you are in your 40’s. You do not need expensive laser removal to address this sneaky malfunction of your hormones. The Flawless Facial Hair Removal literally removes-it-all. Also works great for a teenager not quite ready for waxing. Find it here.
Long lashes are the in-thing. It’s an easy, natural way to enhance your face and eyes in a dramatic way. If you considered lashes, but do not want to invest in the upkeep ($$$!), Lash Boost from Rodan & Fields is the go-to product. It only takes a few weeks to see the difference (hint, hint holidays). The long lashes last forever – you may even need to stop applying when lashes start to hit your eyebrows. Order here. (full disclosure, although I am no longer an active consultant, I can still pass on the discount of 10% off + free shipping to new PCs. Just enter “Debra Karrat” as your consultant during checkout and you’re in!)
These little gems will keep the germs and head lice away. Germaphobe? Or just don’t want to share bodily fluids with others? This one’s for you. Use it on airplanes, in movie theaters, on trains, buses….we’ve gotten stopped everywhere when using them to ask where to buy them. Get this…they are only about $1 each! You can have them too: protect yourself.
THE DISH ON DELISH
We are all about easy, quick, healthy recipes. Not the complicated ones that make you want to pull out your hair. All of our recipes will always be gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.
This week we highlight one of our new favs: Almond Butter Blondies (thanks, Comfy Belly).
- 8 ounces (227 g) unsalted almond butter (roasted or raw)
- 1/2 cup (170 g) honey
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, or grease it generously.
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well blended.
- Scoop the batter into the baking pan, and spread it across the pan. It will even out when it bakes.
- Bake the blondies for 20 minutes.
- Cool and slice. Store covered for a week or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
Woop! That’s it.
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