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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pageant Live Interview

This past weekend I had the privilege of being interviewed by Pageant Live about being Miss New Mexico World 2015 and Miss World America which will be held on July 4th in Washington DC! 

I am so honored to be representing the Land of Enchantment! 

I hope you enjoy this video! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Last Minute Summer Slim Down Secrets

With June right around the corner (7 days to be exact!) you may looking for an emergency weight loss plan.  Well, look no further! Here are a few of my all time favorite & simple slim down secrets. 

7 Day Challenge 

1.  Start your morning off with 1 cup of warm lemon water.
Lemon water helps reduce inflammation, aids digestion, cleanses your system, and helps with weight loss. 

2.  Drink a green juice for breakfast.  (Make with JUICER)

2 cups of Spinach 
2 cups of Kale 
1 loose cup of Parsley 
2 Pears (or 3 Medium pears)  
1 Lemon 
Each night our bodies detox naturally.  By starting our morning off with lemon water, followed by a detox juice, we are prolonging that process.  It's important to continually detox rather than playing red light, green light with our bodies.  

3. Throughout the day sip on dandelion root tea.  It helps remove bloat.

4. Drink a glass of watermelon juice for morning snack. 
Not only are watermelons in season, but they are full of antioxidants, a great source of potassium, low in calories and high in nutrients.  The best part about watermelon juice is that it's loaded with amino acid citrulline which breaks down fat cells. Watermelons have a high water content so you will be able to make a lot of juice! 

5. Enjoy a refreshing salad for lunch.  
Fall in love with creating the perfect crunchy, yet healthy lunch! Keep it light and try to stay away from dairy and croutons (or any bread toppings) The last thing you want to do is have a four course meal with a side of lettuce.  My go to salad recipe is: 
Organic Lettuce 
Shredded Carrots 
Shredded Purple Cabbage 
Cherry Tomatoes 
Sunflower Seeds 
Kalamata Olives 
Olive Oil Balsamic Dressing 

6. Mid Afternoon Snack Choices: 
Laura Bar (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Organic)
Kale Chips (My favorite brand is Alive & Radiant) 
or 1 Slice of Ezekiel Bread 

7.  Have a green smoothie for dinner.
This may be hard for some.  I know the concept of not eating but drinking dinner is frightening, but remember that this challenge is only 8 days.  There 357 other nights to enjoy a sit down meal :) I recommend finishing your day with a green smoothie for a few reasons.  The first being that in order to get results- it's important start and end our day with foods that hold high detoxing properties. The second reason is that the fiber from the smoothie will not only keep you full, but the fiber will also help push/flush out the system.  This last step is vital in order to shed excess weight and drop any bloat. 

Green Smoothie:
1 cup of water 
2 Cups of spinach 
2 Cups of romain lettuce 
1/2 Banana 
1 Green Apple or 1 Pear 
1 Lemon 

After just one day of following this plan you should start to feel more energized and lighter.  Like I said earlier, this challenge is only 7 days!  You can do absolutely anything for 7 days! Kick off your summer feeling your best!

I was asked the other day what supplements I take and what I products I use.  After I started juicing over two years ago, I stopped using any kind of supplement or artificial products simply because when I started eating fresh, clean foods.. the weight started melting off my body.  Before, I was drinking protein shakes regularly and taking all kinds of different and harmful things- AND I wasn't getting the results I wanted.  However, when I started juicing regularly and feeding my body natural foods, I started losing weight.  Everyone is different- finding what works for YOU is always going to be a learning process, but juicing and eating naturally is what worked for me.   

A few natural products I love: 
Dandelion root tea: natural diuretic 
Probiotic: Keeps your gut healthy; improves digestive system  
Digestive Enzymes: Facilitates the breakdown of food  
Magnesium: Mineral that helps digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
Smooth Move Tea:  Herbal tea that promotes digestion 

All of these can purchased at health food stores such as Whole Foods & Sprouts.  I highly recommend taking and using these during the 7 day challenge! I am going to be starting the challenge tomorrow... Send me a message and let me know if you will me joining me! 

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Ashley Mora