Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free
1 cup unsulphured shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1 cup almonds
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp honey (optional)
Combine all ingredients in food processor or powerful blender. Pulse for 30 seconds or until almonds are chopped and mixture has formed. Scoop out with spoon and pack into balls with hands.
If you are not on a sulfite-free diet, consider adding raisins, cranberries and other dried fruit to substitute for honey.
Store in refrigerator in an air tight container.
1. LOW BACK PAIN
Very few medical treatments can go as deep as an acupuncture needle. The different shoes we wear put different stresses on our knees and hips, and unfortunately our low back takes the brunt of this stress. Keep yours relaxed with some acupuncture and deep tissue massage.
So much of the day is spent on computers, laptops and tablets, making us look into bright screens and crippling our posture. Over time, the tension we hold in the upper back begins to pull on our upper neck muscles, giving us headaches that may not even respond to medications. Acupuncture can help to loosen those tight neck muscles and give your headache relief.
3. SHOULDER PAIN
Similarly to headaches, our computer posture keeps our shoulders rolling inwards and stressing other muscles of the back. Whether or not your shoulders are involved in your day-to-day job, getting some treatment can help reduce tension you weren't even aware of!
4. KNEE PAIN
There's no way around it. We use our knees every day and put different stresses on them depending on the sports we play, the terrain we walk on, the shoes we wear and our family history of arthritis. Acupuncture can get right into the knee joint and increase circulation to those tiny ligaments that require help. Many people notice a difference after the first treatment.
5. ANXIETY AND SLEEP
Nothing is more calming than being pinned down to a table. Am I right?!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points chosen for sleep and anxiety are highly effective for calming the mind, relaxing the muscles, improving digestion and balancing hormones - all hormones, including melatonin.
6. SMOKING CESSATION
With New Years just around the corner, there's no better time to consider quitting smoking as a resolution. Acupuncture around the ears, hands and feet stimulates an endorphin response that helps to eliminate cravings and decrease the discomfort of withdrawal. This same treatment can also be done with painless laser therapy and both have been equally effective.
1. Family pack of extra lean ground beef from the grocery store
2. Season with onions, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley (whatever else you want!) You may choose to add bread crumbs or parmesan cheese - I chose to keep mine paleo.
3. Add in 2 eggs, mix by hand, split in half and pack into 2 round cake pans
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Allow them to cool.
7. Ice the cake with a thick layer of sweet potato.
8. Make it perfect.
"I didn't struggle to wake up at all the next morning!"
"How often can I get these?"
"I didn't notice anything at all."
"Now that you ask, I haven't been wanting sugar that much lately."
"Poor memory? I'm getting my husband tested."
what to eat a few hours before a run
Bagels: provide a more dense form of carbohydrate for the body that can provide more energy for a longer run. Try it with peanut butter, almond butter or cheese for additional protein. Make sure to consume this at least 2 hours before a run to avoid stomach cramping.
Yogurt: low fat yogurt has a good balance of protein, carbs and calcium. Protein will help build your muscles, the carbs will provide you energy and the calcium will keep your bones strong. Throw in some berries for a small burst of natural sugar, a healthy dose of Vitamin C and a large amount of flavor!
what to eat during a run
Starbursts: soft and chewable candies that are also easy to store and provide a small burst of energy on the run.
Energy Gels: small packets of highly sugared gel that provide an enormous boost of energy for long distance runs. They are great in small doses, but are generally recommended for exercise lasting longer than 90 minutes.
what to eat after a run
Oats: great sources of carbohydrates that can provide your body with fuel, while preventing a rapid spike in blood sugar. They also provide fibre and protein, and mix well with fruits and nuts.
Chicken: a healthy, lean source of protein. It is easy to cook and can take on many flavours to be delicious. Make this in advance so you have it available to you after a long run.
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