Liver Fat Flush

This month I am trying out 12 new recipes for Project 12.  I started with this one, a Liver Fat Flush drink.  I got the idea from my friend, Chris Bryan, who is a personal trainer and easy on the eyes.  You can check out a video of him making the flush HERE.  (I keep telling him to make these videos with his shirt off, but I guess that isn’t professional.)

Why do a liver flush?  Liver flushing rids your liver of toxins and accumulated junk. If all goes to plan, this should make your liver work a lot better.   Most people feel great afterwards too.  I started Saturday, so this is day 3 for me, and I do feel very hydrated already.  I’m also hoping it will counter balance the champagne and ice cream cake that I was forced to consume on Mother’s day.

The reason you feel great is because your liver is a very important organ to have working properly.  It is the one of the job whores in the body, and when it is inefficient it can quickly lead to disease. From hepb.org, the liver:

  • Stores vitamins, sugar and iron to help give your body energy.
  • Controls the production and removal of cholesterol.
  • Clears your blood of waste products, drugs, and other poisonous substances.
  • Makes clotting factors to stop excessive bleeding after cuts or injuries.
  • Produces immune factors and removes bacteria from the bloodstream to combat infection.
  • Releases a substance called “bile” to help digest food and absorb important nutrients.

Something else that it does is break down or metabolizes the body’s hormones once they have done their work in the body. This is significant because if the liver is not efficient at breaking down these hormones they can accumulate in the body and cause hormonal imbalances, which can lead to acne, weight gain, fatigue, and moodiness.  Although those symptoms sound like a sunny day, (HA!) I need my liver to run at top speed.  I thought I would give this a try for 7 days.

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Here is what you need for each day:  A gallon of distilled water, 2 bags of organic dandelion root tea, 3 ounces of Knudsen’s unsweetened cranberry juice, and 1/2 fresh organic lemon.  (I got all these ingredients at the Fresh Market)

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I poured a little of the water out of the gallon (and drank it!) to make room for the other ingredients.  Measure out the 3 ounces of cranberry juice.

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Squeeze half a lemon in the cranberry juice.

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Pour the cranberry/lemon juice mixture in the water and add 2 bags of the dandelion root tea.  Stick the gallon in the fridge and it is ready to go.  Side note:  I love tea bag sayings.  Pause.  Connect.  <3

You drink an entire gallon a day for 7 days.  I usually drink a ton of water, so getting the gallon in was easy for me.  The taste is not bad either… like very watered down unsweetened lemonade.  I bought extra water, so I pre-make the gallon for the following day so I am ready to go!

How is your water intake?  Does this sound like something you want to try?  Why or Why not?

Have an amazing week…spend it doing things that lift you up and with people who support you.  I hope I see you on your mat…Check out my teaching schedule this week:   CLICK HERE

Kansas City Weekend

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Last weekend my husband and I joined my parents for a trip to Kansas City.  We went to see my cousin get married and had the absolute best time.  My husband and I have not been away without the kids in a year…since the last wedding we went to in Flat Rock!  I forget how fun I am my husband is to travel with.  See how happy he looks to be in the picture with Neptune!  (I realize it can be annoying to travel with someone who always wants to take pictures.) This weekend was really perfect timing after a very stressful week.  I needed to get away and process.

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Re-reading on the plane.  For the Love by my absolute woman crush of the century, Jen Hatmaker.  In case you missed it, I am on the Launch Team for this book.  It is the best book she has written so far.  There are so many parts that speak straight into my heart, and I cry.  Then she writes something in the next sentence that has me cracking up.  If you haven’t ordered this book…do it now.  It comes out in August, but you can pre-order.  Jen gave us permission to post a couple teasers…so stay tuned for those next week. She is in our private Facebook group and we are friends.  Not like before where I was stalking her.  We are actual friends and SHE READ MY BLOG YA’LL.  In her words, “I can’t even.”

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We got to Kansas City early enough on Friday to have lunch and look around in the plaza area.  Legend says, if you rub this warthog’s snot, good luck and fortune will come your way.  I’m into being lucky and rich, so I basically made out with the statue.

We couldn’t check in to our hotel until 3, but they were nice enough to store our bags and my hubby and I got in the hot tub and had an actual conversation.  I forgot I like him.

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After we checked in, we rested up a bit, and met in the hotel bar for a glass of champagne and a selfie.

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This area of Kansas City is gorgeous!  So much fun shopping, restraunts, and so many parks.  The reshearsal dinner was at Loose Park.  We ate bbq (a must in KC), told sotries and walked around and admired what was in bloom.  I love my family so much and being with them this weekend filled my cup.

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We slept in until 8:00am on Saturday…a treat since both of us are usually up by 5:30 daily.  We heard about this great burger place and wanted to go for lunch.  But first, a workout.  I put myself and my hubby through a Carolina Sweat type workout.  Complete with sprint intervals on the treadmill.  We were killing it ya’ll.  The other people in the gym probably thought we were fitness trainers or fitness models or something.  (But for reals…I view exercise as my anti-depressant.  I have been on actual pills before and they were needed at different times in my life.  I wasn’t crazy about the side effects, so I use exercise instead.  It works for me right now, so I am sticking with it.)

After our workout, I practiced my handstands because that is what good yogis do.  🙂

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We walked (uphill!) to Winstead’s to eat steak burgers and onion rings.

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But the walk, and even the killer workout were probably not enough to combat this lunch.  (not pictured: the ice cream cone we split.)  I made sure to dance all this off at the reception.  I love music and dancing and at a point in this life that I don’t care what I look like or who I am dancing with.  At one point I was trying to drag my husband on the dance floor to jam out with me.  He said:  BUT YOU ARE JUST JUMPING!?!?  (He probably meant I looked like Beyoncé.  He doesn’t have the best way with words.)

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The wedding was so loving and gentle.  My uncle performed the ceremony and it really brought us back, because he performed our wedding over 13 years ago.  My husband and I always renew our vows at weddings, but this felt really special.

And back home on Sunday.  As we got off the plane, I said to my husband, “Back to the real world.”  And immediately after I said, “Good thing I love my real world.”  If I would have had to go back  to school on Monday, I would have not gotten off the plane.

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Last week I briefly considered going back to teaching school.  Like, for real.  I searched jobs on the internet.  I know.   I lost a few classes at a studio and took it really hard.  My feelings were hurt, my ego was bruised and it sucked.  It was not personal, but it is hard to not take it a little personally.  I also freaked out about how I was going to make it financially.  After my meltdown was over, we had a family meeting and all decided that I actually have a lot of options.  My daughter snuck this note in my suitcase for me to find when I was unpacking.

I am at a better place with it now.  Sometimes God just needs to create space for amazing things to happen.  Sometimes situations come up almost like a test.  I am using this as an opportunity to grow and get better.  I don’t want to be a person who freaks out.  I don’t want to be a person who worries.  I want to spread my wings and rise up like a glorious Phoenix.  I want to feel worthy, loved and at peace.  I found this affirmation that I love and has really stuck with me.

“I will behave today like the person I wish to become.  The way to achieve my dreams is by living them now.  I release the fears and habits that have been holding me back.”

Powerful words.  You say them out loud.  Right now.

Phoenix Rising.

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