3 Day Detox With Food – Day 3

October 12th, 2011 by admin

Yay! Today is the last day of my 3 day cleanse. I feel so much lighter and healthier and I can even see my stomach getting flatter. Today I made sure I drank a lot of Koni Herbal Teas, such as Kapha, Holy Detox, and Throat Revival.

It hasn’t been so bad with this 3 day cleanse because I’m still eating healthy food and working out. Most people eat way too much which is really hard on the liver and kidneys. This healthy 3 day detox still allows you to eat and drink your Koni Teas, so ytour blood sugar will stay steady and your energy high. You won’t feel exhausted, cranky, or constantly hungry. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Day Detox With Healthy Food – Day 2

October 11th, 2011 by admin

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Why detox? You give your car a tune-up every six months and an oil change every 3,000 miles, why not do that for your body, your temple of beauty,by detoxing. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Day Detox With Healthy Food – Day 1

October 11th, 2011 by admin

I love to eat so it is very important to cleanse my body a few times a year to remove the toxins. Plus I really like the way it makes me feel – light, happy, and clean! I’ve done the 12 day master cleanse and a juice and tea cleanse, but my favorite is a cleanse that includes healthy food. If you want to do the intense 12 day cleanse, where you stop eating for 12 days, I recommend doing this first, then the juice and tea cleanse, then build up to the master cleanse. Your body will adjust so much better and you won’t have as many withdrawal symptoms. Here are some immediate benefits you will see from my 3 day cleanse:

  • Radiant, glowing skin – The cleanliness and health of your insides will show through your skin.
  • Lose a few pounds.
  • Your kidneys, liver and colon will be better able to eliminate toxins out of your body quicker, resulting in less toxic build up.
  • Strengthen your immune system so it can shield you from disease.
  • Get rid of free radicals and toxins from the body and cleanse the intestine tract and blood.

Let’s get started! Read the rest of this entry »

PMS Symptoms Be Gone!

September 28th, 2011 by Tea Chick

More and more women are looking for natural ways to help them with their PMS symptoms. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a group of physical and emotional symptoms that some women experience in the week or two before their menstrual period. Symptoms subside when the menstrual period starts and within a couple of days of menstrual flow. Studies have shown that women who use natural or alternative methods tend to have longer relief as well as a better lifestyle. Most over-the-counter medications are just to control the pain. Although a safe and guaranteed cure for PMS is yet to be discovered, there are a number of things that you can add to your diet and changes you can make to reduce your monthly symptoms and possibly even improve your quality of life.

Time to unwind with a cup of Koni Holy Detox tea in a Double Wall Mug

Take time to unwind with a cup of Koni Holy Detox tea in a Koni Double Wall Mug.

Here are some tips that may help with your monthly PMS symptoms:

1.    “Relax” – it is easier to say, and harder to do, but your body really needs it during this time. A week before your PMS symptoms kick in, try to reduce your anxiety and stress levels. If you can, schedule a massage the week you know you are going to PMS. There are many places in town that offer great deals. If you don’t have the money or time to get a monthly massage, stretching daily also helps. Click here to view some of my stretching techniques.

Another great way to reduce your stress level is to take some time out of your day to make a pot of relaxing tea. Koni Serenity Now contains rooibos, a tea that is known to calm the nerves and relieve nervous tension. The addition of pineapple and coconut pieces will have you swept away to tropical paradise. While I am PMSing, I always find time make a pot of Serenity Now rooibos tea, turn on some relaxing music, and soak in a hot bath. Studies show that just a few minutes in a warm bath or shower will increase serotonin levels!

2.    Long before Western Medicine and over-the-counter and prescription medication was so common, women had to rely on natural remedies and herbal tea to treat PMS symptoms.  Mama Le raised me to try every herbal remedy I could get my hands on before popping a pill. She always said, “Treat your pain with something natural before you try a chemical. You don’t know what you’re putting in your body with those prescription drugs or what you can find at the store. With these herbs and tea, at least you know they are natural and you won’t end up with some dangerous side effect.” She is right and to this day, I always try a natural remedy first.

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If you are not sensitive to caffeine, Koni PMS-B-Gone is a delicious remedy that helps relieve PMS symptoms such as cramps, bloating, and headaches. This chai tea is a delicious blend of chocolate, hazelnut, ginger, cinnamon, black tea and rooibos tea.The caffeine in Koni PMS-B-Gone Black Tea is known to fight fatigue and to act as a diuretic, helping to reduce bloating. Its caffeine level is half that of coffee so you’re not overly caffeinated, which may cause nervousness.
PMS B Gone Black Tea contains L-theanine, a unique amino acid found almost exclusively in tea. L-theanine works to counteract nervousness caused by caffeine without inhibiting caffeine’s stimulating properties. In addition, the chocolate helps to satisfy those sweet cravings we tend to have before our period, and ginger has been effective in relieving inflammation, pain, an upset stomach and nausea. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking ginger two to three times a day while you are experiencing menstrual cramps. Click here for my Stomach Soothing tonic made with Koni Stomach Soother caffeine free tea.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, then I recommend Koni Serenity Now as mentioned in tip #1, Stomach Soother as I just mentioned, and Holy Detox when you are PMSing. Holy Detox is a caffeine free tea containing tulsi, an ancient and revered herb, which has adaptogenic qualities that can lower cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone,” is produced and secreted by the adrenal glands. Having 3-5 cups of this tea before your period will lower cortisol levels and alleviate some of the emotional stress associated with PMS.

3.    Diet management is also very important when you are PMSing. Complex carbohydrates (such as those found in whole grains and vegetables) are good to eat during PMS, simple carbohydrates (such as those found in sugary snacks and white bread) can actually increase water retention, irritability and other PMS symptoms. So you should up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cut back on sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and salt. This will not only benefit you while you are PMSing but it will also make you feel better the rest of the month. Eating healthier will keep your lean and trim, which adds to a healthier and happier attitude. Check out my recipes (such as my cilantro and black bean quinoa, marinated vegetable kabob, and slimming blueberry smoothie) in the 3 day detox for healthy and delicious food ideas.  A great tea to accompany your meals during this time is Koni Simply Slim. This premium black oolong tea blend has been shown to relieve bloating, fight fatigue, and with the addition of ginger, it also helps with nausea and digestive issues.

Koni Simply Slim tea

Koni Simply Slim Oolong Tea

4.    Our thoughts and mental state have a large impact on our physical ability. When we are stressed we tend to take rapid and shallow breaths.  Deep, focused breathing can help you relax, reduce stress, and eliminate cramps. When I am PMSing and get cramps or headaches, I often use techniques that I learned in my yoga and meditation classes to help me concentrate on my breathing. All you do is take a full breath in, fill up your entire lungs; hold for a count of 5, and slowly release it.  This always gives me a good shot of oxygen when I need it and brings healing energy to the area that is causing me pain.

5.    Moderate exercise can help relax muscles and alleviate cramps, headaches, backaches, and all kinds of body aches and pains. You don’t have to do anything strenuous. Something light at least 3-5 days a week is a great way to keep your body in balance and to relieve daily stress. Yoga, martial arts, and many other activities use breathing to focus our energies on the task at hand. Exercise also helps ease sadness and anxiety, which are both common symptoms of PMS.

Koni PMS B Gone tea

Koni PMS B Gone Black Tea

In taking these steps to help control your discomfort and distress, you may enjoy a more peaceful time before your monthly periods.

Replenish Protein Smoothie

September 4th, 2011 by Tea Chick

To rev-up on energy, maintain muscle strength and repair body cells, it is very important to refill your gas tank immediately after exercise. When you sweat, you lose water, and potassium and magnesium electrolyte ions which help cells retain fluid. That’s why I always hydrate with Koni Replenish Rooibos Tea during my workout. This delicious lemon strawberry caffeine free tea is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. After my workout, I always like to replenish with a protein shake or smoothie. This is the best time to get protein into your body to begin healing the small tears in the muscle tissue. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite smoothies packed with spinach, tropical fruit, protein, and antioxidant rich Koni Tea.

Koni Replenish Protein Smoothie ingredients

Koni Replenish Protein Smoothie ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups of Koni Replenish Rooibos Tea (brewed and cooled)

1 large banana

1 handful of spinach

1 cup of mango chunks

1 cup of almond milk

½ cup of blueberries

1 scoop of vanilla protein

DIRECTIONS:

Combine everything in the blender, including the chilled loose leaf green tea, and puree until smooth.

Koni Double Wall Mug with the delicious protein smoothie.

Koni Double Wall Mug with the delicious protein smoothie.

Energizing Green Tea Smoothie

June 26th, 2011 by Tea Chick
Koni Endurance Green Tea

Koni Endurance Green Tea

You’re going to love this antioxidant packed fruit and vegetable smoothie, even if you’re not a vegetable lover! The strawberries and pineapple juice are so sweet and flavorful that you won’t even taste the greens. The infusion of Koni Endurance green tea helps to build your immune system with its antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, reduces the risk of getting cancer, and helps to burn fat. In addition, the nutrients and vitamins from the fruits and veggies will satisfy your cravings and provide you with lasting energy throughout the day.

I use spinach for the majority of my green smoothies because it is truly a super food!  Spinach is an excellent source of iron, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C and important minerals. It is very high in phytonutrients that act as anti-cancer agents and blood sugar stabilizers. It is also high in potassium and folic acid, both of which reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. One of only two vegetables that contain co-enzyme Q10, spinach is essential for muscle strength and heart health.

You can no longer make excuses for not having enough time to make something healthy. This is a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of fruits, vegetables, and tea. All you have to do is throw everything in a blender, puree until smooth, and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
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  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or soy)
  • 2 cups of Koni Endurance Green Tea chilled
  • 2 cups of your choice of milk. I prefer almond, rice, soy, or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple juice or a cup of fresh pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (or agave nectar)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach ( use at least 2 cups)
  • a few sprigs of parsley, leaves and stems
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of strawberries


DIRECTIONS:

1. Brew 1.5 tsp of green tea per 1/2 cup of loose leaf Endurance Green Tea. Steep for 5 minutes then leave it in the refrigerator to chill.
2. Combine everything in the blender, including the chilled green tea, and puree until smooth.

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