Healthy Sugar Alternatives

In the previous video (Check It Out Here) I spoke about the dangers of aspartame and all the crappy artificial sweeteners. Here, I’m about to give you some options of natural, low calorie sweeteners that you can use in your recipes and drinks.

So without further ado, let’s go to the video!

Which of these sweeteners have you tried? Do you have any tips about today’s topic. Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation

The Dangers of Aspartame

Did you know that 80% of all complaints to the FDA are for adverse reactions to ASPARTAME?

Aspartame is an artificial (you know, like plastic apples are artificial) sweetener 200x sweeter than sugar so it is used widely. It can be found in over 6,000 products. See the video below to learn much more and why you need to stay away from this stuff!

So why on earth are you still consuming this?

Do you have any tips about today’s topic? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Are You Concerned About The Spread Of Ebola?

People are so concerned about Ebola -which is a highly contagious, terrifying and yet rare virus – with the media and our collective voices slowly creeping up to near panic!

While nobody seems terribly concerned about the chemicals and toxins in our food that are killing your loved ones by the millions.

Check out today’s video to learn more!

So what are you doing about it? Are you ready to embrace the near panic and hysteria or are you going to get obsessive about your health and well-being? Leave a comment below the video and let me know!

 

How To Do Oil Pulling

Welcome to video #4 of the detox diaries. On this video I want to focus on a single, simple yet powerful detoxifying technique that’s all the rage these days.

Oil pulling!

A fantastic, simple practice that will keep your teeth looking amazing and your gut from too many toxins. So What the heck is Oil Pulling?

It is an ancient detoxification art that started in India as oil gargling thousands of years ago.

Go to the video below to learn more and how to do it!

OK, be honest! Will you try it? Pretty-please! Just once, you will LOVE It!

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Herbs That Help You Detox

Welcome to video #3 of the detox diaries. Apart from doing food-based detoxes a couple of times per year, detox herbs taken regularly can help keep toxins at bay.

These are some of the herbs I’ve used for years and that are mild tasting and really awesome at reducing toxins in the body and maintaining balance and health.

The fun thing about them is that you can have them hot or cold, add them to your recipe or make them in teas and get to enjoy their benefits at any season.

Go to the video below to learn more!

Have you tried any of these herbs? Which one? Which one is your favorite?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Snacks The Help You Detox

Welcome to video #2 of the detox diaries.On video #1 we talked about snacks that add to your toxic overload.

On this video, I’ll give you 6 foods that you can eat as snacks or in meals which are very healthy, yummy and have a detoxifying effect in your body.

So without further ado, here they are!

Had any idea these were helping you detox? Have you ever tried any? Which one are you willing to try first (or next)?

Let me know in the comments below!

I Healed After Years Of Pain And Stiffness With This AMAZING Product!

I’m an avid yogi and crazy about salsa dancing. Years ago I push my body too far on an advanced yoga class and hurt some of the tendons in my groin. I went home and put some ice on the injury, alternating it with heat to help the tissue heal. Many months, X-rays, steroids and other prescription drugs later I was stiffer and more in pain than ever.

I even went to weeks of physical therapy, which ended up aggravating the injury and setting me back months! I couldn’t dance or practice yoga and since I wasn’t a professional dancer or athlete, the doctors gave up on trying to heal my injury and instead focused on simply managing the symptoms.

THAT’S WHEN I WENT INTO OVERDRIVE!

I wasn’t going to let an injury keep me away from shakin’ my booty and enjoying my passions. I started to find natural alternatives to steroids (for pain) and therapy (for tissue regeneration and healing). After months of searching I found something called Shilajit and my life was forever changed.

What Is Shilajit?

Shilajit is a type of resin, similar to tar in look and consistency. It grows naturally in mountain regions in India, Russia and other parts of Asia. It has a proven history of health benefits from energy and healing to detoxification powers. Doctors in Asia and Eastern Europe have been using this mineral substance to treat injuries and other ailments for many years.

Why Is It So Effective?

Shilajit contains over 85 different minerals, which together, which gives it strong antioxidant properties, higher than blueberries! This helps the body not only prevent cellular degeneration but potentially restore and heal tissue at a cellular level. Shilajit is also considered an adaptogen, which helps your body adapt to environmental stressors more efficiently.

What Is It Know/Used For?

There are countless studies done on the health benefits of Shilajit. Yet somehow it is still fairly unknown in the Western world. Most of the studies conducted have shown that the traditional claims made about Shilajit are actually true. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Restore And Regenerate Bones And Tissue Faster
  • Improve Sleep
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Natural Performance And Memory Enhancer
  • Reduce Stress And Anxiety
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Relief Debilitating Pain

Click on this link to learn more about the studies done on this amazing substance.

How It Helped Me

I started using just a pinch (about ½ a pea size) twice per day. The resin is thick and semi hard so I would put it in about ½ a glass of warm water and let it dissolve (it would turn the water a dark brown color) and drank it like a tonic first thing in the morning and then late at night.

After 3 weeks of using Shilajit the stiffness in my groin started to go away and I could finally stretch without pain. About 8 weeks later, I could stretch my legs farther than I could in over 3 years and I slowly want back to salsa dancing and yoga. I used the product every day for 3 months and my body never felt stronger, more flexible and healthier.

Click here to check out more awesome information about the benefits of Shilajit and how to try it.

Have you ever tried Shilajit? How was your experience with it? Let me know in the comments below!

STOP! Eating These Toxic Snacks

Welcome to video no. 1 of a 4-video series called the Detox Diaries!

Detox is all the rage these days and for good reason: we are bombarded by pollution and toxins that are wreaking havoc in our bodies and our lives. It is making us cranky, really sick and contributing to diseases that are killing us before our time.

On video #1 we’ll talk about foods (namely snacks) that are marketed as healthy alternatives but that you should AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE because they are way too toxic for ya.

Check It Out!

Please tell me which one of these surprised you the most? Let’s start a conversation!

Metabolism and Plant Based Diet with Eco Vegan Gal

This is video #2 of the Metabolism series and today I have a very special guest: the Eco-Vegan Gal Whitney Lauritsen. She is an online content creator, social media specialist, YouTube superstar and healthy living crusader. She dedicates her time and energies to spreading awareness about how to develop a lifestyle in harmony with the body and the planet.

I’ll be picking Whitney’s brain about her lifestyle and debunking some of the myths about metabolism with respect to a plant-based diet. Questions like:

Can you rev up or increase your metabolism on an all plant-based diet?

Check out the interview here!

Do you have a question for Whitney? Leave a comment below and let me know. We’ll get your queries and questions answered right away!

 

Tips To Help You Speed Up Your Metabolism

Here I am, offering another fabulous video series. This one is all about metabolism. And this is video #1!

On this video you will learn what the heck is metabolism, how it affects your weight management and 5 tips that keep my clients’ metabolism nice and high and their weight nice and low.

Women as young as 24 and as old as 53 have the same amazing results following these 5 simple tips. Check them out!

So tell me, which of these tips are you willing to try first? Which one has helped you so far?

Let me know, in the comments below!

Quinoa Salad – Simple Vegan Recipes, Part 3 with Jovanka Ciares


For the last recipe of our “5 Ingredient Vegan” cooking series, we are putting together a quinoa salad. Remember those days where you have a few leftover ingredients from the last few days and no idea what to eat?

Mix them together into a wonderful plant-based meal that will take just minutes to prepare!

Check out the quick video below!

Wasn’t that quick and easy?! What other ingredients would you add to this salad to give it a little bit of spunk? Let me know in the comments below!

Cinnamon Tahini Cookies – Simple Vegan Recipes, Part 2


I’M MAKING VEGAN COOKIES! Think it’s too hard or not tasty? Think again. Part 2 of a 3-part cooking series is a crazy easy recipe for cinnamon tahini cookies!

So if you’re interested in simple plant-based meals using 5 ingredients or less, this is a recipe for you. The prep time for this recipe is a whopping 3 minutes and the cook time just 10!

Check out Jenne and I make this recipe and go on to make them yourself!

SHARE this video with all your friends who are interested in learning to bake and cook plant-based recipes!

I Want A Plant-Based Diet (But Don’t Call Me A Vegan!)

Don’t Call Me A Vegan!

Are you ready try a plant-based diet, but having trouble going 100% vegan? Maybe you’re the kind that says I just can’t give up your cheese plate or you just want to order the occasional fish plate when you go out to dinner. Or you just simply need some structure to help you add more veggies into every single one of your plates.

The good news is that you can embrace a “plant-strong” diet too without having to put labels that may seem uncomfortable.

Here are some easy steps to get you closer to a “plant-strong eater

There you have it!

Which one of these have your tried already? Which one are you interested in trying next? Let me know below!

3 Reasons To Detox And 3 Ways To Start

The more toxins we are exposed to, the harder the body has to work at eliminating these toxins.

The list of toxins that could potentially harm our bodies is almost endless.

You haven’t even left your house, and you’re already ingesting dozens of these chemicals, pollutants and carcinogens.

There are many reasons for you to detox and on this video I will share just 3 of them. I will also share 3 simple easy tips you can do to help minimize your exposure to toxins and pollutants and become, stronger, healthier and happier.

Check out the video!

So now, tell me: Which of these ones are you willing to try first? Are you on your way to a cleaner, healthier body and home?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Food For Thought Summit Coming Soon!

For the last 4 months, I’ve been working on a little project that I’m really excited about and now I’m ready to share with you!

It’s called Food For Thought: The Mind, Body, Spirit Summit!

From April 14th-18th, I’ll be interviewing top wellness experts (doctors, nutritionists, therapists, coaches, best-selling authors) on how they manage to sustain a healthy lifestyle. All interviews will be available online at the Food For Thought website.

Since I know you’ve been searching for practical ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, the Food for Thought Summit is here to help you!

The #1 reason why people struggle to keep a healthy lifestyle is overwhelm. There’s just too much information out there! This summit will help you cut through the clutter, learn ways to stay motivated and create your own personal wellness revolution!

Click Here to check out the website and more details!

As a loyal member of my community you have immediate access to the summit and the Facebook Group Absolutely FREE!

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About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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