Carrots & Cancer (and alliteration).
Think pink for breast cancer awareness? How ‘bout orange? Did you know carrots are not only rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, they also may help to prevent cancer!
Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant and a pre-cursor used to make vitamin A in your body. They also contain the antioxidant falcarinol which have been shown in studies to delay the growth of tumors. Both these antioxidants may help to reduce your risk of cancer by preventing damage to healthy cells of the body. Drinking carrot juice can even increase the levels of carotenoids in the blood may help to prevent cancer from recurring.
Orange you glad you know now???
Q: How do you stay in shape? My name is Ashley and I’m a Flywheel-oholic. I do three or four cycling classes a week and usually one or two Flybarre classes to (attempt to) work my abs, butt, thighs, and arms. I also run, do yoga occasionally (I’m thinking of finally attempting a hot class), and I’ll try any workout once. I recently did a Megaformer class at Stellar Bodies in Atlanta and it kicked my a$$ like whoa.
Q: For people like you – on the run all day, what advice would you give for getting in some healthy meals? Well juice is obviously the easiest thing to grab and get your nutrients in (even if you’re driving around town like a maniac like I usually am). My friend (and Witty + Pretty health and fitness expert) Cara advises to “prep for success,” which means you prepare healthy meals and snacks in advance, so you can grab and go. It’s also good to know where the convenient Whole Foods or other “real food” (or juice) places are, and if I ever think I’m going to be in a situation where a healthy meal won’t be accessible, I’ll bring a snack like nuts, a Kind bar, or apple with me.
Q: Is there a skin or beauty product that, if put out of production, would drive you to track down the last remaining stock on ebay?Being the beauty product whore that I am (can I say whore?), I’m always mixing things up and my obsessions change daily, but I would definitely be devastated without Origins Make a Difference + face moisturizer; I have SUPER dry skin and it’s the best cream I’ve found. Oh, and Tom’s toothpaste. I’ve used it my whole life. Good God, I can’t even think about life without it.
Q: What is the most fun part about running Witty + Pretty? Being my own boss, working in sweats (with wine), taking vacays when I want (although I don’t really sleep). And I can’t deny there are lots of perks and free products. But lately, now that I have a handful of contributors, I am LOVING reading what they write for Witty + Pretty. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of running the site.
Q: Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Absolutely. Every. Single. Day.
Q: What are some of your workout essentials? Quality workout gear from DEKA or Atlanta Activewear; I love Rese and MPG pants, Brooks running shorts, and Moving Comfort sports bars. And I’m obsessed with my BKR water bottle. If I’m running, I’m in Newton shoes, and a badass playlist is non-negotiable.
Q: #1 vacation spot? My favorite place on Earth is Dewey Beach, Delaware and I spend a week there every summer (my dog is even named Dewey). As far as places I’m dying to go: Australia, Bora Bora, South Africa, Maldives, Rio de Janeiro, the list goes on and on. I’m heading to Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam at the beginning of November, and if I’m not back by Thanksgiving, you can safely assume I’m in Barcelona eating amazing food with a hot Spaniard (I can dream….).
Q: Lastly, why do you cleanse with Roots? I did the 5-day cleanse (as documented on Witty + Pretty), and I felt incredible, lost weight, was so clear and focused, had tons of energy, and my skin was glowing. Are those enough reasons?
Chlorophyll is the new hemoglobin.
And it is anything but boring. Chlorophyll is the chemical compound that collects light and uses it to make energy in plants. It is also what makes plants green. But plants aren’t the only ones who can use this green goodness.
What’s so cool about chlorophyll is how closely it resembles our red blood cells (aka: hemoglobin)! They are identical in molecular structure except that hemoglobin has iron as its central atom, while chlorophyll has magnesium. Say what? That means it can increase the quality & quantity of your red blood cells and increase our oxygen-carrying capacity. You could say that chlorophyll is the the green blood of plants!
You can find large amounts of chlorophyll in green leafy vegetables. For a quick fix, we bottle it up in our chlorophyll H2O here @ Roots Juices.
Chlorophyll is bloody cool!
Cocoa, one of nature’s many miracles, is in fact the great super-food that many people seek. Cocoa makes other so-called super-fruits pale in comparison. Cocoa is a titan of health benefits, the likes of which humanity has never known. It is the profound medicine that scientists and researchers toil to discover. If cocoa were a pharmaceutical drug, it would be hailed as the greatest medicine of all time, and its discoverer would reap the Nobel prize in Medicine. Cocoa is all of that. Cocoa is right out in the open, more protective than any other food, and more powerful than any medicine ever devised.
You are enough. Just as you are.
I’m all about juice cleanse for personal growth. Not as in getting fat or anything…but as in becoming a better person and finding happiness (that isn’t dessert related). But is it possible that many of us are taking this quest for perfection too far? The belief that we aren’t good enough is epidemic and most of us are waiting to be happy until we are thin enough, attractive enough, successful enough, etc. Striving for perfection is an impossible task that will always leave us feeling unfulfilled. But the truth is that we were born enough! The you that you are right now is perfect, not the you that you are planning to be.
That’s not to say that we should neglect taking care of ourselves! Nutrition, exercise, sleep, time for reflection and all those other self-care things we do are rewarding to our bodies and keep us feeling our best. But the negative self talk and feelings of unworthiness are oh so unsexy.
So keep drinking that green juice, downwarding that dog, and sawing those logs! But ditch all that inner mind noise, because you are enough right this second. Just as you are.
Jalapeno’s aren’t just hot…..they are downright naughty in nutrition. They are packed with vitamin C which aids in healthy tissue repair, immunity, and fights the dreaded effects of aging. They have tons of vitamin A for skin and eye health, as well as antioxidants to help prevent the onset of disease. Let’s not forget the massive amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese and copper which all play a role in promoting healthy blood cells! Grrrrrrrr.
But that’s not even the sexiest part of this superfood! Jalapeno’s contain capsiacin in them which not only act as an anti-inflammatory and vasodilator (promoting healthy blood flow), they actually boost your metabolism! Jalapeno Juice Immune Booster
Now that’s hot.
We all know that Cheetos aren’t good for you and Snapple is not a superfood. But what about the many foods that we think are “healthy” or “all-natural” choices—but just aren’t? We’re talking your everyday snacks, like fruit-bottom yogurt and popcorn.
It’s so easy to be misled in the grocery store, warn health evangelist Frank Lipman, MD, andEleven Eleven health coach, Jenny Sansouci. “Terms like ‘natural’ and ‘healthy’ aren’t regulated—they’re marketing copy,” the pair explains. “So they can refer to an item that’s full of sugar, chemicals, and preservatives.” Eek!
Here are 10 red-flag foods that might be hiding in your kitchen right now. —Jennifer Kass and Melisse Gelula
Most agave is highly processed, says Dr. Lipman. “As a result, the bottled version doesn’t remotely resemble the agave plant,” he continues. Agave is also high in fructose. “High fructose sweeteners of any kind can cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, insulin resistance, and obesity,” says Lipman. Instead, try coconut sugar, which is less processed and contains a scant 9 percent fructose.
2. Gluten-free sweets
“Gluten free” doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Many gluten-free products are still high in refined sugar, and are often made with high-glycemic grains like corn, rice, and potato starch, Dr. Lipman cautions. Your best bet is to make your own gluten-free baked goods with high-nutrient flours, like almond or coconut, using natural sweeteners, such as raw honey or pure maple syrup.
3. Boxed cereals and granola
Cereal and granola are often just boxes of sugar disguised as health foods, says Dr. Lipman. Which means they can give you a sugar spike and crash, instead of keeping you properly nourished. “You’re better off making your own muesli using gluten-free oats, nuts, seeds, and fresh berries,” he says.
4. Popcorn (or non-organic corn)
The vast majority of corn in America is genetically modified, says Dr. Lipman. Plus, microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals, and the butter is totally artificial, he warns. Upgrade by using organic popcorn kernels. You can pop ‘em on your stove with coconut oil and sea salt, or in an air popper.
5. Soy milk
Soy is one of the largest genetically modified crops. And while organic soy milk is a better choice, it’s still “highly processed, a common allergen, and hard to digest for many people,” says Dr. Lipman. Organic almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk are better options.
6. Enhanced Water
Watch out! “Many of these are essentially sugar water, regardless of how many vitamins they pack in,” says Dr. Lipman. Keep things simple: Plain or sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime is best.
7. Low-fat crackers
“Most crackers on the market are high in refined oils, sugar, salt, and gluten,” says Dr. Lipman. “The low-fat versions are even worse, because they have to add sugars and chemicals to make up for the taste of the fat.” Read ingredient labels thoroughly, or use whole foods to make equally crunchy (but way-better-for-you) snacks, like kale chips.
8. Whole wheat bread
“In addition to being packed with gluten, whole wheat bread is often sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, just like white bread,” says Dr. Lipman. “Take a look at the ingredient list on your supermarket bread, and you’ll likely be surprised at how long it is!” If you want a bread sans processed sugar (and chemicals), try making your own—or go for Ezekiel.
9. Pasteurized fruit juices
The cartons and bottles of juice sold in the supermarket and served in restaurants contain tons of sugar. (We’ve spied up to 48 grams per 16 oz. in some!) Plus, pasteurization removes most of the beneficial nutrients, says Dr. Lipman. A better option? Go to a juice bar for a raw, cold-pressed option or make your own green juice or smoothie from scratch.
10. Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt
Many fruit-added yogurts are full of sugar or corn syrup, meaning you can ingest 30 grams (that’s a day’s worth of sugar) even before your 9:00 a.m. meeting. While organic yogurt is definitely better in terms of dairy quality, it’s important to choose an unsweetened version and add your own berries, advises Dr. Lipman. (Goat and sheep’s milk yogurts are often easier for people to digest than cow’s milk, he adds.) Sugar and dairy can also cause acne, studies show, as well as a host of other health issues.
Q: How do you stay in shape with such a busy schedule?
Luckily, part of my job is spinning on a bike! Along with being the Assistant Store Manager at the new lululemon athletica store on Knox Street (#knoxrocks), I also teach 5-7 classes per week as Master Instructor at BEYOND Pedaling in Snider Plaza. And yes, I pedal just as hard as you do during those 45 minutes
I also try to throw in a couple of Pilates sessions and yoga every week. I’m currently doing a September yoga challenge–30 days of yoga! I like being busy…
Q: For many people like you – on the run all day, what advice would you give for getting in some healthy meals?
Cook larger portions of healthy meals so that you have leftovers for the next few days to take to work. Cut up some veggies on Sunday to have grab-and-go snacks ready for the week. Keep your pantry stocked with staples to make quick and easy meals that don’t stress you out. Bored of your everyday fare? Check out Pinterest for new healthy options. Or just get creative with what you have on hand!
Q: Is there a skin or beauty product that, if put out of production, would drive you to track down the last remaining stock on ebay?
I’m super basic with my beauty routine since I’m running from one place to the next, BUT I do love coconut oil lotion, Rosebud salve and Rosehip facial serum.
Q: What has been the #1 challenge in starting and running your new store?
Learning in the moment. New store = new questions, new people, new challenges, new victories. I don’t know all of the answers or situations yet…and that’s okay. We have to be okay with not knowing all of the answers and embracing “the process.” The team is INCREDIBLE and the Dallas lululemon guests have been supportive and loving. We couldn’t be happier right now. Come visit.
Q: Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day?
I’d like a few more hours for (a) sleeping (you don’t want to know how many hours I get per night) and (b) playlisting (yes, I made it a verb).
Q: What are some of your workout essentials?
Love me some Spotify and music blogs–I have several that I read religiously. For footwear: my Pearl Izumi All Roads for spin or New Balance Minimus shoes for running around. For clothing: lululemon, obviously. I literally live in athletic wear, and lululemon has the best mix of pieces for different workouts and lifestyles. I have to wear sweat-wicking items for spin (look for the products containing luxtreme or silverescent!). Oh, and espresso and coconut water. Those are definite pre- and post-workout necessities.
Q: #1 vacation spot?
Something active like hiking or being outdoors. I’ve loved sightseeing in Europe and would adore to go back. I’m not big on the beach scene…too boring. As you can tell, I like to be on the move.
Q: Lastly, why do you cleanse with Roots?
Juicing was all the rage when I lived in Venice, California, a few years ago. I got into it there and then met Brent right when he was starting Roots Juices. I’ve done the three-day cleanse and the five-day, and I was able to maintain a normal workout schedule during both. The key is this: you MUST eat clean leading up to the cleanse and EASE out of the cleanse cleanly too. People who have pizza and wine the night before won’t feel so great. Your body will be too shocked by the change. I love how Roots Juice cleanses give you that little spark to get back into a healthy routine if you’ve been slipping for a while. Who wants to do one soon?!
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Which Salad dressing to Never Eat-If you want to eat truly healthy, support your fat loss goals, protect your body from inflammation, and avoid some of the nasty additives in processed food, one thing you should eliminate is typical store-bought salad dressing.
I personally NEVER buy pre-made salad dressings from the store anymore, and here’s why:
1. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain fairly significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Unless you’re in a health food store, it’s almost impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn’t contain large amounts of HFCS.
2. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain heavily refined soybean oil and/or refined canola oil… both of which are VERY unhealthy. Yes, that’s correct, canola oil IS unhealthy, despite the marketing propaganda you’ve been fed claiming that it’s healthy. If interested, you can read more about why canola oil is NOT healthy here.
Due to the refining process of both soybean or canola oils, the polyunsaturated component of the oils is oxidized and makes these oils very inflammatory inside your body. In addition, soybean oil is WAY too high in omega-6 fatty acids which throws your omega-6 to omega-3 balance out of whack. And as you know, most people already consume FAR too much omega-6 oils to begin with.
We know that olive oil is healthier, but when it comes to store-bought dressings… Even salad dressings that claim to be “made with olive oil” on the FRONT label are deceptive, because if you read the ingredients on the BACK label, they are almost ALWAYS made of mostly refined soybean oil or canola oil as the main oil, with only a very small amount of actual olive oil as a secondary oil.
So here’s how to avoid all of these horrendously unhealthy store-bought salad dressings and make your own quick and easy SUPER-healthy dressing…
Healthy-Fat Blend Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Fill your salad dressing container with these approximate ratios of liquids:
- 1/3rd of container filled with balsamic vinegar
- 1/3rd of container filled with apple cider vinegar
- fill the remaining 1/3rd of container with equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and “Udo’s Choice EFA Oil Blend”
- Add just a small touch (approx 1 or 2 teaspoons) of real maple syrup
- Add a little bit of onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper and then shake the container to mix all ingredients well.
This homemade salad dressing mixture is delicious and healthy, and I pretty much never get tired of it!
The reason I choose to blend the extra virgin olive oil half & half with the Udo’s Choice Oil is that they make up for what each lacks… Although extra virgin olive oil is healthy and contains important antioxidants, it is mostly monounsaturated, and is low in the essential fatty acids (EFAs). The Udo’s Choice Oil is higher in unrefined polyunsaturated oils with a good healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
There are several variations of the Udo’s Choice Oil, and one of them (labeled DHA 3-6-9 Blend) even contains a DHA algae oil blended into the mix along with organic flax oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, rice bran oil, oat germ and bran oil, and a few others.
Overall, blending Udo’s Oil with extra virgin olive oil makes nearly a perfect oil blend for salad dressings with a great taste and maximum health benefits. If you can’t find Udo’s Choice Oil Blends (you can find Udo’s at almost any health food store), there are other EFA oil blends on the market…just make sure that they are COLD-processed to protect the EFAs. You should never heat an EFA oil blend.
Give this homemade super-healthy salad dressing a try! You’ll do your body a favor by avoiding the harmful additives in store-bought salad dressings.
Ginger juice benefits are wide and plenty!
From the tables of India to the juicery at Roots, ginger has a host of benefits that might surprise you.
Feeling queesy or nauseous? Chew on some ginger. If the bitterness is too much, add a bit of honey.
Soreness from a great workout? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help. You can even add ginger to your bath for a great immediate relief of soreness and aches.
The cold season is coming up and ginger can help. Grab some ginger tea to help congestion. If you don’t have ginger tea, simply add some ginger slices to compliment your favorite tea.
Just like the spicy Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. Ginger roots has some aphrodisiac properties that can be a bonus.
Got morning sickness? Ginger improved 75% of people with morning sickness and stomach flu.
Next time you are at the store, remember to grab some of this awesome root!
Our Hydrate, Fat Fighter, Liver Cleanse are among several juices that have ginger.