Category: Detox

Is my lotion making me fat?

Is my lotion making me fat? The skinny on parabens.

 

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What are parabens?

Parabens are a group of synthetic compounds used widely in cosmetics as preservatives to prevent the growth of certain molds, yeasts and bacteria. They also appear in personal care products that contain a lot of water, like shampoo, conditioners, liquid hand soap, lotions, facial and body cleansers and even deodorants and antiperspirants. Parabens are also found in nail polish, and are what allow nail polish to harden. They are widely used as food preservatives and are even found in pharmaceuticals. Researchers have found that 90{5c2ca12b5699d9d0e4e3897dd0f66c734703ff515dc46cd20c88f169d015fa8c} of typical grocery items contain parabens.

What’s the problem with parabens?

Parabens are estrogenic, meaning they act like the hormone estrogen in your body. (Fellas, if you think this is just for the ladies to worry about, think again.) They are in a class of compounds called endocrine (aka hormone) disruptors. By mimicking estrogen, parabens are able to bond with estrogen receptors in the body, which can cause a surplus of estrogen to be present (estrogen dominance). In addition, while the paraben may look like estrogen and bind to the receptor, as it is not a perfect match, the cell is unable to function properly, and normal, healthy cellular activity can be impaired.

Endocrine Disruption Effects

Endocrine disruptors have been linked to an increased risk of developing female cancers. Research shows they are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes in men, women and animals, as well as reproductive issues, infertility, and mood disorders. It has been suggested that endocrine disruptors might be causing male infertility, abnormalities in male reproductive organs, declines in numbers of males born, and earlier puberty.

 


 

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Who is most at risk?

At highest risk of paraben exposure are teenage girls, followed by adult women, since girls and women generally use more body, face, and hair products than men. Research shows that parabens are dangerous at high exposure levels. However, there are no studies to indicate the effects of long-term exposure to so-called “safe” levels of parabens.

Parabens are not the only endocrine disruptors hiding in your personal care products. To find out more, come to one of my free product label reading classes where we’ll talk more about endocrine disruptors and under which names they masquerade. Bring in your most often-used body care product and find out if it’s clean or not.

 


 

Enjoy a little light reading on the subject by following the links below:

Studies have found parabens in breast cancer tissue.
Should people be concerned about parabens in beauty products?
Estrogen Dominance Syndrome
Teen girls see big drop in chemical exposure with switch in cosmetics
EDCs and obesity
It’s Time to Learn From Frogs 

Warm winter banana bread protein shake

This cold grey winter morning calls for a warm protein shake. No frozen berries and spinach for me today! Two scoops of Arbonne vanilla protein powder, half a banana, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, peanut butter, flax and hemp seeds. As you can see, half gone before I could even snap a photo. A bit like banana bread, only without the bread! Please use caution when adding hot liquid to your blender. I started with a bit of almond milk and hot water, then topped it off with more hot water at the end. Just what we need for our healthy living challenge starting January 4! Enjoy!
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7 Day Body Cleanse – Holiday Detox

Wow! I'm way too excited to wait until the new year to start cleansing. I can tell I need a little boost, plus the energy I get from this stuff will help get me through the rest of the holidaze.
Who wants to join me?

#bodycleanse #livercleanse #kidneycleanse #arbonne #7daybodycleanse #nettle #milkthistle #energydrink #energyboost #cleanliving #newyearnewme #newyearnewyou #thisstuffworks #holidaze #holidayseason #detox #detoxify

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Cilantro Pesto

#ghoulishgreens #cilantropesto #detox #healingmyselfwithfood Cilantro binds with heavy metals like mercury to eliminate them from your system. Add in raw garlic and its #antimicrobial properties, #extravirginoliveoil and you've got a #delicious and #healthy dip or accompaniment to #roastedvegetables or pasta. Recipe coming soon to link above!

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High protein, high fiber gluten-free pancakes!

I absolutely love this recipe. It’s easy to prepare and loaded with protein, fiber and super food nutrition to get me through a big hike, or lots of physical activity, like manual labor, for instance. This is not a low-calorie recipe, so desk jockeys, beware!

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The recipe below is per person. Nutritional info is a rough approximation and may not be 100{5c2ca12b5699d9d0e4e3897dd0f66c734703ff515dc46cd20c88f169d015fa8c} accurate.

I banana, smashed up in a medium mixing bowl
2 eggs, blended into banana mash. Fork is fine.

Mix in:
1/4 cup almond meal
1.5 Tbsp hemp seeds
1.5 Tbsp chia seeds
dash of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp coconut flour
blueberries (optional)

Per person, this recipe contains about 27 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber (nearly half your RDA!), not to mention loads of Omega-3s. Topped with a little nut butter and you’ve got nearly 30 grams of protein. And lots of fat, so take it easy and make this your pre-hike meal, rather than a daily breakfast. Unless you dig ditches for a living.

Tropical Power Sorbet

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We’re getting a taste of summer this week in Oakland! And the Donvier ice cream maker hasn’t churned out any frozen delights since last summer. (A shame, I know!) Since doing our 30 Day Detox, I’m rather obsessed with vegetables and can’t seem to get enough of them. Hence, the Tropical Power Sorbet – sounds like it may possess magical powers, no? Per usual, working with what we had on hand – measurements may not be exact. Here it is:

 

Tropical Power Sorbet

In the blender, combine:

8 ounces water (try coconut water or milk if you have on hand – we didn’t)
2 ripe bananas
1/4 – 1/3 cup shredded coconut
about 1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen mango
5 ounce bag of Power Greens (Trader Joe’s or other, feel free to use any baby kale, spinach, chard)
1 scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
Juice of 1-2 lemons, to taste

This would be great with frozen pineapple, or other citrus.

Blend all into a delicious smoothie. Resist the temptation to drink it right now and pour into your ice cream maker. Proceed to follow your manufacturer’s instructions and churn away.


 

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*If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can make this by pouring into a freezer-safe container. If you have magical timing, you can eat it before it freezes solid. If not, let it thaw somewhat, break apart into chunks when you can, then blend in the blender to sorbet consistency.

 

Protein Shake Recipes!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes using Arbonne vegan protein powder, of course! Remember to always add a healthy fat (nut butter, avocado, raw nuts, chia, hemp seeds) and fiber to make it a meal replacement shake.

Don’t be afraid to make a thick shake. Science suggests that when we “chew” our shakes, it sends a message to the brain that we are eating, which in turn improves satiety. If you are trying to lose weight, avoid high sugar fruits like bananas and mangos, or use sparingly. I keep frozen spinach and berries on hand to use in place of ice. If you prefer to use fresh greens, substitute 1 to 2 cups of fresh greens for the frozen spinach listed below. Get creative! Add spices, or try frozen peas if you’re in the mood for something heartier.

This is the easiest way to get that much needed 20+ grams of energy-boosting protein in at breakfast time.

Too cold for a frozen berry smoothie? Try using warm or hot water for half of your liquid, that way you won’t have an ice cold smoothie to contend with.

 

Vitamin C Master Blaster

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup+ unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or natural peanut butter, or 1/4 cup raw nuts
  • 1/4 cup mixed bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • juice of one lemon, lime or half of each
  • 1 tbsp chia, hemp, or flax seeds (optional)
  • Additional Vitamin C powder (optional)
  • ice as desired

 

The Lemon Bar

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup+ unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia, hemp, or flax seeds (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon
  • ice as desired

 

Banana Bread in a Cup

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Protein Powder (all vanilla, or half vanilla, half chocolate)
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup+ unsweetened almond milk (or use warm/hot water to make a winter smoothie)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp each chia, hemp, and flax seeds (optional)

 

The Reese’s

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds (optional)
  • 6-8 ice cubes

 

The Tropical

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds (optional)
  • ice cubes as desired


Very Berry Swings Both Ways

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds (optional)
  • ice cubes as desired


Chocolate Mint Cookie

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh mint, stems removed
  • ice cubes as desired


Chocolate Vanilla Halva Swirl

  • 1 scoop each of Arbonne Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seed butter (tahini)
  • 4 frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • ice cubes as desired


Mexican Chocolate

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/8 tsp of cinnamon, or nutmeg (or both!)
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds (optional)
  • 6-8 ice cubes


Vanilla Chai

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost
  • 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4+ tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cardamom
  • dash of ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp of ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds (optional)