Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, & Water Benefits

Hi Friends!  Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to talk about this concoction for a second. It’s all over the internet and social media and many people do it because it’s popular but have no idea why they are doing it every morning.

Apple cider vinegar is used to cleanse, lose body fat, boost energy and help reverse disease, then adding natural detox drinks to your diet can help you improve your quality of life!

If you want the recipe it’s at the end however, I want to point out all the benefits of ACV and Lemon Juice first 🙂

Benefits of ACV:

  1. Weight loss: a dose of ACV can curb cravings and help reduce your appetite.
  2. Natural antibiotic properties: let’s say if you have a stomach ache, a little ACV with water can aid bad bacteria in the stomach.
  3. Proactive against indigestion: it helps prep your stomach before you eat any heavy foods that may otherwise be hard to digest properly.
  4. Energy boost: a shot of ACV is a great boost of energy.  ACV contains enzymes that can bring you a lift, which also (i haven’t tried this) i’ve read it can aid to a hangover because it helps relieve the build up of lactic acid in the body.
  5. Aid in allergy and colds: ACV is known to help with sinus drainage and even assist in preventing a cold coming on by killing germs when you first feel a tickle in your throat, take down a shot (or gargle) with some warm water.
  6. Teeth whitener: gargle some ACV to remove stains from your teeth, like right after your morning coffee.  Double win, it also is great for healthy gums and mouth in general since it’s a bacteria killer.
  7. Balances blood sugar levels: It helps control high blood sugar levels so it is often used as a natural way to aid and treat those with Diabetes.
  8. 8. Keeps everything “moving”(yeah I said it): aids in chronic constipation (tmi whatever!). But I don’t mean laxative status- just keeps you regular

Onto Lemon Juice:

  1. Reduces inflammation: if you drink lemon juice in water on a regular basis, it decreases the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur.  It also helps remove uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
  2. Aids digestion: main reason I add lemon to my ACV shot! It not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating
  3. Cleanses your system: it helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
  4. Helps keep your skin blemish-free: the antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
  5. Gives your immune system a boost: vitamin c is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it!  The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommend popping extra vitamin C during stressful days or when you feel a cold coming on.
  6. Excellent source of potassium: lemons are high in potassium which is good for heart health as well as brain and nerve function! Another one of the main reasons I make sure to get it in right away in the morning.
  7. Energy Boost: it helps provide your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract and can help reduce anxiety and depression, even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!
  8. Helps fight viral infections: lemon is easily the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats.  Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system like I mentioned before, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely!

 

*the main reasons I take it in the morning, on an empty stomach, are to help prevent indigestion and the energy boost!

To make:

  • 1 bottle of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (you can find it at the grocery store as well)
  • Lemon juice from lemon OR 1 bottle of Lemon Juice (you can find this at grocery store as well in organic section)
  • WARM Water (easier on the stomach)
  • Optional: honey and tumeric

If you are just starting out I recommend these measurements:

  • 1 tbsp ACV
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup warm water (or more if it’s too sour for you to start)

Where you want to get eventually:

  • 3 tbsp ACV
  • A splash of lemon juice (1/2 tbsp)
  • As much water as you need

The more ACV the better!

When to take it:

Take it on an empty stomach, before breakfast

BUT if you workout in the morning, don’t take it before you workout if it’s on an empty stomach because it’ll make you a weeeee bit nauseous.  Take the shot after you workout, even if you’ve had food, you’ll still reap the benefits!

 

Anyone have any questions??! 🙂 Happy to help@

~Meagan

 

Workout & Progress

Hi All!

So I’ve been focusing my 2017 on fitness. I lost some weight in December after having the stomach virus 4x in a row!!! AHHHH It was terrible. So I’ve been at the gym 5x/week lifting! I’m so excited to see some progress of muscle back in my arms and legs… it’s a process that you have to be patient with but keep at it and time will tell!!

 

 

Here’s your workout of the day:

  • Preacher curls : 4×15
  • Rear Delt raises : 4×10
  • Close Grip Bar Pull Down : 4×15
  • Smith Machine Rows : 4×12
  • Seated Ab Crunches : 50
  • DB Side Crunches : 50
  • Pull Ups : 2×15
  • Tricep Kick Backs: 4×12

 

Have a great Sunday! 🙂

 

xoxo-Meag

Salmon & Veggies Recipe +Workout

And it’s been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it’s been awhile
Since I first saw you

  • Staind

Wow, I am lame.

I don’t post often because, honestly… I haven’t been busy. LOL (got ya there- another lame comment…fail). I’ve been sleeping. 🙂 However, I am posting because I’ve been sick in bed for almost a week and I’m running out of Netflix Christmas movies. But come January 2nd I will be VERY busy. Changed jobs and will be fully engulfed in my job just like I always am. I’ve taken some time off to re-group, catch up on the sleep I’ve missed for the last 4 + years, hit the gym like I used to, and spend time with people I care about. So here goes nothin– here’s the latest recipe I created along with a workout!

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1 pan dinner: Ingredients:

  • Wild Salmon (because it’s way better for you duh)
  • FRESH sage
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Lemon
  • Yellow Squash
  • Asparagus
  • Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. If frozen salmon- thaw it in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Peel the paper layers off the garlic and discard. Use about 4-5 cloves and finely dice.
  4. Chop up the sage.
  5. Slice the yellow squash into 1/2 inch rounds
  6. Cut 1 inch off the asparagus.
  7. Put thawed salmon on large foiled baking dish.
  8. Add the asparagus and squash anywhere on the foil spread out.
  9. Lightly use the olive oil to sprinkle on salmon and asparagus.
  10. Sprinkle the garlic and sage over the salmon (I add a little bit of garlic over the asparagus as well)
  11. Sprinkle garlic powder over the squash.
  12. Put lemon all over salmon and asparagus (I’m a little addicted to lemon so I add more after its done as well!!)
  13. Add himalayan salt(this kind of salt HYDRATES you instead of dehydrates so you can use as much as you’d like) and pepper to everything to your liking.
  14. Pop that baby in the oven for 10-12 minutes and VOILA!!! Nomzzzz

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Dec 2016 | Aug 2015

I only put this picture here to show what almost a year of NOT lifting weights does to you… I was training for a half marathon from November 2015- April 2016 so I held off on weight training and focused all my attention on running.  I might do that half-marathon again this April 2017 but I will incorporate weights into my running routine if I have to because I have never felt so weak in my life than I do now.  The squat rack is NOT my friend currently.  I am strong in other ways like my endurance ( when not sick..)  but I want a well-balanced routine of both strength and endurance. So here’s to new goals and getting back at it in the gym !!

Workouttttt time: Shoulders/ Tri’s

  • Arnold Press : 4 x 10
  • Lateral Raise Catch : 4 x 15
  • Bottoms Up Kettle Bell Press : 4 x 10
  • Kettle Bell Upright Row : 4 x 12
  • Dumbbell Front Raise + Row : 4 x 12
  • Z Press : 4 x 8
  • Bench Dips : 4 x 12
  • Cable Rope Extension : 4 x 12

Hope everyone had a good weekend full of holiday cheer and joy while I’m crawled underneath my covers searching for more Netflix shows and movies 🙂

XOXO~Meag

Weekend Highlights :)

My weekend was full of adventure! 🙂

Let’s recap in pictures!!

 

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Emoji 🙂

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I dressed up as a UNICORN onesie for my work Halloween potluck… Not going to lie… I love that onesie.

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I had a little paint night with my bestest frainddddd … And I changed the look a few times. I wasn’t happy with it until I put GOLD on it!! YAY!!

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LOVE this hike!!! It was a new one for me! (Rare!) And I had to keep going past the “Closed” & “Stop” signs (sorry trail popo) in order to get to THAT VIEW!! AMAZING!

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After the hike on Sunday (and I ran 10 miles in the morning at a race!) I meal prepped for the week! Spaghetti squash, lean ground turkey, broccoli, and goat cheese on top! YUM!!! I’m sure my coworkers are getting the picture now of a day in my life in terms of lunches lol #spaghettisquasheverydamnday

Hope everyone had a great week!!

What did you do this weekend? Any fun plans for this week?!

 XOXO

-Meag

Office Life – WIAW

Here is my first WIAW : What I Ate Wednesday Post ! 🙂 Hope you all like it!

SO! I didn’t take pictures of my snacks so I’ll just link it for you.

Breaky was a pretty standard for me (eggs in some form) – 2 hard boiled eggs PLUS AVOCODO ! 🙂 Mmmm

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I usually don’t get hungry between breakfast and lunch because I’m normally consuming a lot of the water I drink during that time. Either hot, warm, or cold water — that’s a story for later ;-P ( my tummy feels better with warmer water)

For lunch I had this amazing salad I came up with. Here is the recipe:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach (on the bottom in the picture)
  • Hearts of Palm (obsessed- I get it at Trader Joe’s)
  • Dried Apricot
  • Dried cranberries or pomegranate (I had both in the below salad)
  • Cucumbers (underneath)
  • Crumbles of Goat Cheese ( can sub Feta or Gorgonzola – whatever you like)
  • —-I topped it with Raspberry Vinaigrette! YUM !

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After lunch, I snack on a White Chocolate Luna Bar– this is my fave one by far.

I also had Cucumbers dipped in Honey Mustard……. don’t ask 😛 It’s delish.

For dinner- I decided to do some more meal prepping since I was running out of the salads. I made stir fried tofu with a mix of brocolli and cauliflower. I added himalayan salt to both as well as some Garlic Lovers Flavor God.

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Not the prettiest pictures in the world but my kitchen was dark since I was making it at around 8:45pm at night after I got home from the gym.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

What did you do for Labor Day weekend? 

Do you want to know more about Himalayan Salt?

Much love ~

<3- Meag

Weekend FUN!

I am so sorry I haven’t posted in a week! Or…. maybe more…????? YIKES!

I’ve been enjoying life and forgetting to take pictures! Then I remember and I forget that I actually just can’t post pictures without words lol. SO – Back at it!

These past 2 weekends have been CRAZY FUN!

Saturday (2 weeks ago) I went to a wine festival with a friend!! I absolutely love this gal so much! She is such a breath of fresh air and so down to earth! 🙂

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It was so fun to learn more about the wineries in Virginia! There are SO many!!! My favorite was Horton Vineyards — the Viognier was exceptional.

Sunday: per usual I slept in because… let’s be real. I LOVE to sleep. It is one of my veryyyy favorite things 🙂 .

Then I got ready to go Zip Lining!!!! (who gets ready for zip lining where you’re going to be flying through the air and apparently sweating like crazy because it’s 95 degrees out) – oh… Me. –> note to self: don’t get ready. You’ll need to shower afterwards because you’ll look disgusting like you did a workout for 5 hours. Woops

Zip Lining has been on my LTD’s (List of To-Do’s) for awhile now. My dad got me 2 tickets to go in Purcellville, VA anytime during the summer. So naturally, I asked my BFF Carissa. 🙂

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It was blast and a half. 😉 Seriously though- I almost peed my pants at one point because I was so nervous. It didn’t help that the guy instructors would mess with you saying you could go (push off to fly to the next zip line) then as you’re in the air they say “WAIT!!!!!” lol . I about died. Fine! Maybe not die… but definitely a heart attack about to happen.

Mid-week activity…

I went to the Jim Gaffigan comedy tour! HE IS MY FAVORITE!!!

I invited my Pops! He loves Jim too!

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Saturday morning started off with a bangin breakfast I made. I sautéed a 1/2 green pepper then added 2 scrambled eggs + cheese (because I can’t have scrambled eggs without CHZ)– while also cooking 3 Turkey bacon pieces. Yes- I have been Pescaterian for the last month- but HECK! I wanted BACONNNNNNNNNNNNN 🙂 So turkey bacon it was. 🙂

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Then it was my friends birthday celebrations in Georgetown DC. We went on a boat!!! A Boomerang boat! It was SO fun!!! We had about 20 friends to join and celebrate his birthday! I don’t have many pictures because I was having too much fun chit chatting with friends and enjoying the moment 🙂

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After the boat fun– Sunday crept up on me 🙂 Sundays are for MEAL PREP! … Maybe? Ok fine- but first go to the pool and hang out because it has been 95-100 degrees out!!! AHHHHH. So that’s what I did. Then! I went home and made brocolli, cauliflower and tofu. I am a “pescaterian” at the moment because I honestly couldn’t stomach putting a darn piece of chicken in my mouth one more time lol. YEAH YEAH – I had turkey bacon last weekend… Don’t shoot me! But I am back on the fish/veggie wagon..  TOFU it is!! MMMMMMmmmmmmm!

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And that ends my crazy last 2 weeks!!! I am absolutely going to be posting more often so please don’t hate me for being a slacker!!! I love you all! 🙂

What do you want to know about or hear about?? What did you do this past weekend?!