Turnt on Turmeric

IMG_7682¬†Hi guys! I feel like this blog post has been a LONG time coming! I wanna talk all things turmeric, and why I use it every day.¬†That’s right, I use it every single day!¬†And I’ll tell you why!¬†

I took a TON of medication when I was recovering from my accident. I am talking months and months of antibiotics, pain meds, you name it. Of course¬†after being run over by an SUV, that was¬†mandatory. As I recovered using those meds, my body was¬†severely¬†inflamed,¬†bloated, ached, and just did NOT run¬†properly. UGH! I¬†couldn’t¬†believe that I would be in continuous pain forever with all the injuries I sustained.¬†

IMG_7678Enter turmeric! I discovered this MAGNIFICENT root that is a golden miracle! LITERALLY! I started taking a turmeric supplement in a capsule form every morning, and noticed a big decrease in my inflammation and pain levels each day. THEN, I watched as my skin literally started to GLOW! My stomach bloat became reduced, because it also helps release toxins from your body. 

Now¬†don’t get me wrong, I still get massive bouts of pain after a long days or during stressful times-even during the super fun events in life. This is¬†where I amp my intake of turmeric in yummy ways! I make some delicious drinks like my¬†TURMERIC ELIXIR¬†or my TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK. I even add it to my recipes like this one,¬†TURMERIC POACHED EGGS. I bet Lauryn from the¬†The Skinny Confidential¬†would love these eggs on her GG crackers!¬†

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So I¬†definitely¬†sneak turmeric into my recipes as often as possible, even if it’s the¬†slightest amount.

Turmeric seriously gives you the most radiant skin! SKIN!! I almost forgot! I must leave you with this tip. I make a super dreamy skin mask using turmeric since it calms pores and decreases acne and scarring! Just mix 1/2 tbsp. of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp. of raw honey, and lather it all over your face! After 15 minutes, gently remove the mask and watch your skin GLOW! Smooth and soft my skin feels immediately! 

IMG_7681Ready to get Turnt on Turmeric with me? Start small just by using a capsule ¬†everyday or by making my turmeric drinks or food recipe above. Of course if you are on any other meds or medical watches, check with your health care¬†provider to see if it’ll interact with your other¬†supplements or meds. I have never had any¬†issues with turmeric¬†except¬†reaping all the AMAZING¬†benefits, but we are all different.¬†

Much love to you all!

xo,

KK

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3 Ways to Get Slim for Summer

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Spring has sprung-at least in Arizona it has! I’m not kidding though, I still can’t believe how fast March flew by. I keep thinking it should still be February. ¬†Any day now, we’ll be¬†wearing skirts, tanks, and our swimsuits again. Sound fun?

I’m going to admit, I don’t feel ready for it this year. One, I’m not in me best shape. I’m not sitting here dwelling on that though. I know with a few, simple things, that can all get a whole lot better. These easy tricks help me slim down, de-bloat, gain energy, and seriously make my skin GLOW! I¬†love that added bonus.

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I know you are probably thinking, “Ok, come on with it and give me the tips¬†already!”

TIP 1: WATER! Drink it like it’s your LIFE. Not to be dramatic, but you must drink a ton of water each day. Literally¬†carry around a gallon jug. Bring that sucker to work with you, and use it to¬†refill your¬†regular water cup. While I am working at home, I keep my gallon on the counter and refill¬†thought the day. Or I lug the jug with me everywhere. Extra tip: drink more water in the first half of the day. This way you’ll be sure to get it in, PLUS you will be hydrating your body. ¬†A hydrated body doesn’t give your body¬†false hunger signals.¬†

IMG_4946¬†TIP 2: GREENS! When I have been slacking (like this week) on getting in my greens, I just make sure I have them in the morning. Then the whole day doesn’t go by without me eating or drinking them. Yup, you heard me, I eat or drink my greens. I either make a big smoothie (green recipes posted on my website) and pack it with mostly greens, or I have a huge green vegetable filled salad later in the day.¬†Double bonus if I have both in one day. Extra tip: having all these greens will help you kick any cravings you have. BUT you have to eat or drink them everyday!¬†

Tip 3: MOVE!¬†That’s right, get your booty going! I know at home workouts are super¬†convenient, especially in the winter, but getting your buns outside for a workout is super magical!! I always notice the way my body feels after a hike, a long¬†

IMG_7385walk around town, riding my bike, or playing with my nieces at the park. The fresh air, feeling the vitamin D on my skin, and not not to mention the¬†beauty I can watch while moving are very¬†therapeutic. Nature and¬†exercise go together like Selena and Justin, chips and guac, and cheese and wine. Ok, I think you get the idea. Trust me, it’s like cheap (inexpensive) therapy. I’m not kidding. Anytime I’m in a funk or feel like crap, I get outside. I know it’s the quickest¬†way to solving any mood I¬†don’t want.

I want to know, what tricks do you have to get slim for summer? Tell me! I love trying new things. Also, what other topics do you want me to Blog about? Ask me any questions. 

xo, KK

Perfect Pizza (Dough) in a SKILLET!

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Ok, so I LOVE PIZZA if it¬†hasn’t been too obvious yet, haha!¬†Really who doesn’t though? Lucky for me my parents sent me a cast iron¬†skillet for my¬†birthday! I was¬†doin’ a serious happy dance as I tore that box open! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!¬†Today I will give¬†you all my tips and tricks to get the PERFECT PIZZA pie using the PIZZA SKILLET. Guy Fieri would be banging down my door for this thing!

BEFORE you go baking and cooking your little hands off, your skillet should be SEASONED! It’s quite simple, but it really primes the beauty for proper cooking. First, I jacked up my oven to 450 degrees, and coated my skillet with extra virgin olive¬†oil.¬†You can use any oil you have, but make sure it’s one that can sustain high temperatures (say 400 degrees and above). Once your oven is heated, set that skillet in the¬†oven for about 20 minutes, remove and allow it to cool. Also, avoid cooking acidic foods until your skillet is “broken in” (used 5-8 times, well seasoned). Now lets talk PIZZA!!!

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I bought some pre-made dough at Whole Foods, around 20 ounces for the initial trial run of PIZZA SKILLET joy. Then, I warmed up my oven to 450 degrees, and again oiled my skillet with E.V.O.O. (extra virgin olive oil). I made sure my dough was rising on the counter while I prepped. Place your skillet in the oven for about 4 minutes, getting the skillet piping HOT. (Be sure to have a good PAIR of pot holders).  Remove the skillet and spread out your pizza DOUGH covering the bottom of the skillet. Or you can get crafty and toss your DOUGH in the air! Whatever works for you. Place your skillet back into the oven for 4 minutes until dough is puffy but NOT browned, then remove it again.

Now dress your PIZZA! Smooth out some maranara sauce, and brush the edges of the pizza dough with some E.V.O.O. Add veggies, meats,¬†cheeses, etc. Then bake your PIZZA for another 8-12 minutes, watching it CAREFULLY! Edges will brown and¬†middle will bubble when it’s ready. Each oven is so¬†different as far as the way and the time¬†they take to bake, so keep an eye on things. Remove and¬†garnish your PIZZA with fresh herbs! Allow it to cool, slice, and enjoy!

IMG_2194PS-It’s NOT recommended using soap and water to clean your¬†skillet because ¬†this strips the seasoned iron. I’ve been rinsing mind, patting it dry, then I oil it again. I’ve been storing my skillet on top my stove.¬†

 

10 Ways to Sleep Better

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SLEEP. I’ll be honest, last week, I was just not having it.  There’s a myriad of factors that influence the sleep we get. Food and diet, our busy minds worrying about things, a stressful situation in life, a thunderstorm outdoors, physical/mental pain, or excitement and happy anticipation for an upcoming event. For whatever reason, sleep can be disrupted far too easily. I was born a light sleeper. Even as a little girl, I had a hard time falling asleep and remaining asleep. Warm glasses of milk, army crawling on the floor to my mom’s side of the bed, I would nag for attention, but what I wanted the most, were those magic powers to fall asleep.

Now, throughout adulthood, my sleep has its ups and downs. Sometimes I settle into bed, tired as can be, and 15 minutes in, my brain thinks of one ingredient, then another, then an entire recipe, and before I know it I’m quickly writing it down. Soon enough, half the night is gone writing out my ideas and plans. Other times, I’m just so happy and excited for the next day, that my feet are about to start racing like a kid jumping through rain puddles. And of course, there’s last weekend, when my car got stuck in the hot, desert heat, and not only was I physically melting, emotionally I just had to let myself have a meltdown. I had just taken my car to the shop last week, and now this?

When I get a good, uninterrupted night of sleep, I feel like a million bucks. The last time this happened, I went to yoga, refreshed and bouncing on my mat as we started. I could do so much more in my practice than I ever had before. That was the best day!!

To have good health, one must sleep well. Sleep should be your first non-negotiable in life. Your body needs amply sleep each night to repair itself. You need sleep for your body to manage your hormones such as insulin. Lack of sleep equals higher blood sugar levels, equals weight gain and possibly, diabetes. Your immune system weakens and your ability to fight infections decreases with repeated nights of little sleep. Mental clarity and decision making is lessoned throwing off the safety of yourself and others. The average adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep.  Some people, myself included, feel just fine with 6 hours. The 7-8 hours is what’s recommend to let your body fully repair and restore itself for the next day.

With years of sleep struggles, I have spent a ton of time researching methods of getting the best sleep. So I’ll share with you what I have learned, what has worked for me, and any other tips and tricks. If you struggle with good quality sleep, pick one tip and practice it each night. Once you have it mastered, incorporate another tip for however long it takes you to master that one. Continue until you’ve mastered most of these sleep tips, and know that you’ve improved your health significantly.

  1. Routine, routine, routine! Choose a time to start your routine for bed at the same times each night. Say you want to fall asleep at 10pm, begin your routine for bed at 9pm. Turn off the electronics, get the tub going, and pull out that book, brush your teeth, and put on your pajamas. Your body learns routines and eventually uses them as signals to activate your sleep system. Set your alarm to wake you up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. This routine of waking at the same time each day, your body will establish your sleep routine.

 

  1. Do something relaxing before bed. Take an epsom salt, lavender bath, read, drink chamomile tea, meditate, or listen to my favorite phone app called, Calm. It’s updated regularly with new stories, meditations, music, or sound. It’s geared for both children and adults. I particularly love the non-fictions stories!

 

  1. Lights! Light plays another vital role in this process. With the world obsessed over LED lighting and electronics, it’s no wonder the vast majority doesn’t sleep well. Your body uses a special chemical called melatonin to ease you into sleep. If you’re in constant light, your body doesn’t produce melatonin as it naturally would, therefore messing up your sleep. What should you do? Shut off all electronics, TV included, get out of LED bulbs an hour before you fall asleep.

 

  1. Eat a well-balanced diet. Your body will be able to rest enough to allow you to fall asleep with proper nutrition. Learn to know when your body likes food too. I can eat a bowl of oatmeal before bed and go to sleep just fine. I know some people who eat before bed and it will keep them up much later. If you’re like that, be sure to eat your last meal at least 2 to 3 hours before your bed time.

 

  1. Exercise. Do it daily.  It relieves stress that you may have built up causing you to stay up at night. Exercise also tires out your body more for sleep later at night. Moving your body outside is even better.

 

  1. No TV’s in the bedroom. Period. Your bedroom should be use for two things; sleep and intimacy. Only climb in bed when you are tired enough to sleep.

 

  1. Avoid daytime napping. When you’re trying to get your body into a regular night time routine of sleep, naps should be avoided. You may feel sleepy like you want to nap, but hold off until you have your nightly routine of sleep in place.

 

  1. After 20 minutes if you aren’t asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing in another room like journaling, reading, or meditating. If something is on your mind, journal it out on paper. Believe me is significantly helps. Once you are sleepy enough, go to bed to fall asleep. Repeat this process if you still cannot sleep.

 

  1. Meditation and visualization. Make both a part of your bedtime routine. Start with just 5 minutes a night sitting quietly and taking deep breaths. Visualize how you want your next day to go and set positive intentions for yourself and others.

 

  1. Look at all the areas in your life. Are you spending time in each area? This isn’t easy for all of us, but the more you make the time to do it, the more it becomes a habit. Spend time with the friends and family that make you the happiest. Go on vacations, and take a few hours each weekend to decompress from the week. Pick up a new hobby as trying something new stimulates the brain and body to function and unwind.

Be sure to let me know how you have been sleeping. Did you try anything new to have a better nights sleep?

Sweet dreams,

Kristina

Welcome Health, Wellness, & Fitness Fans!

IMG_1583Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog! I will be delivering the best information on health, wellness, and fitness for YOU! I’ll cover topics such as nutrition, exercise, holistic healing, pain management, spirituality, and relationships. ¬†My greatest passion is health, and as a personal health coach, I am creating a space to share that information with you!

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xo, Kristina

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