Saturday, April 30, 2011

Morning Blend

A question I get often is 'what should I eat for breakfast?
Lets say it's a weekday, you've already hit snooze three times and spent most the morning looking for your matching black pump, "did I really come home with just one shoe last night??? that's the last time I mix vodka and tequila," as you promise yourself you'll never go out on a workday again if you could just find that matching pump! That next Saturday, you order a vodka soda and eagerly announce "I'm in!" when your guy friends order a round of tequila shots.
On the go or returning from a morning run, a protein shake is a great way to start your day. Here is my favorite all-purpose concoction: 

1 scoop Jay Robb chocolate whey or egg white protein powder 
Blue Diamond almond milk unsweetened vanilla or original (add as you go for desired thickness)
3 (or more) drops of Stevia
1 Tbs. Flaxseed and/or Chia Seed
1/4 tsp. RFRL Pro-Daily-Otic powder (not pictured) 

I drink this first thing in the morning, unless i'm working out. If so, I wait until after, you burn more fat if you hit the gym on an empty stomach. You can find all these ingredients at Whole Foods. Jay Robb protein powder tastes great, it's high protein, low in sugar, carbs and fat. I like to use unsweetened almond milk because it too is low in sugar, carbs and fat, it's also great for those with dairy issues. When i'm traveling and don't have access to almond milk I use fat free milk or water. The protein, flax and chia are easy to transfer to zip locks for travel; I bring stevia drops along (zero cal/sugar natural sweetener), a Blender Bottle and mix the ingredients the same as I would at home just minus the blender and sometimes ice.

Chia seed: High in vitamins and minerals. They also contain an unsaturated omega 6 known as linoleic acid, which your body doesn't make so you have to get it from foods; it helps to fight disease and illness. Chia seed can increase energy, stop cravings for sweets, detoxify the body and build muscle and tissue. They also act as a thickening agent which is great because I hate watery protein shakes! 

Flaxseed: I've read much that says flax can reduce the risk of chronic disease and even some cancers by limiting inflammation in the body; i'd like to think that's true, but who knows. Also read it can increase estrogen, which can be a bad thing if you're estrogen dominate. What I do know is flax is high in omega 3s, "good" fats and fiber, it's one of those love/hate things until I learn more. I'll use flax then sometimes I won't, it depends how I am feeling and what my body is telling me that day. Chia already has Omega 3's and too much of anything is never a good thing, so use flax sparingly until you see how your body reacts.

RFRL Pro-Daily-Otic green powder: This product is from my mom's company! It's an effortless way for me to incorporate all kinds of greens, grains and sea veggies, keeps my skin clear and balances my hormones. I know many of you who have found it helped you lose weight too! In a shake you can hardly taste it, you don't need much and can increase the dosage over time. Greens are super important in general but these in particular because they are fermented with "good" bacteria and live enzymes, which means your body doesn't have to work to digest it so you're taking in all it's benefits. Order at:


Friday, April 29, 2011

Leaving Distress Behind

Hi Girls!

Thank you for trusting me and asking me to help! I am so excited to share and build this blog with useful tips so we together can make a healthy lifestyle in your 20's easy and effective. I'll update you with posts on tons of things I incorporate in my life, that I have personally tried and absolutely love! Anything from food/drink recipes to skin products, health topics trending in the news, books and authors I trust, also just fun girl stuff and ways to feel great about yourself from the inside out! 

A lot of you ask similar questions so I figured this would be a perfect place to reach out to all of you at once and to see where our friends (or any one other ladies out there!) are needing guidance. I made a separate email for ALL suggestions/questions/info you may have, that way there is a place to collect the topics I will be posting/answering. Email me at: I care about you all so much and want to make maintaining health easy for you!

Those of you who don't know me, health and healthy eating are a huge part of my life and family. My friends often come to me with questions because I try tons of things and have a mom who is very passionate about health, especially food. People call her "Dr. Tams," she even has her own product line! I gather information from all kinds of sources, research, then apply it to my 22-year-old lifestyle and find a balance. 

Like most of you, it is important (and necessary!) that I have a life outside of watching what I eat and exercising 24/7. I can't help but worry about our generation as we get older and have a family of our own. How my kids might be affected by my health and how I'm going to age is constantly on my mind. Young people today are being effected more than ever by life changing diseases, mental issues, and of course obesity. I truly believe it will only get worse if we don't take control now and that is why I am eager to help. 

Health isn't just about weight or the way you look on the outside. It's hard to see past those two things when you're young, I know, but try so we can be smokin' hot and healthy at 50, too! Let's get started! xo