Happy Tuesday, #FitFam!  I’ve joined the link party again with JessJill and all of ya’ll.

This week I have something a little unique for our topic “Natural Beauty” — my guest, Ella James!   Ella is a writer and contributor for Consumer Health Digest, where she specializes in writing articles about Health, Beauty, Pregnancy, and Skin Care Treatments.

We all know (or at least we’ve heard) that beauty is truly skin deep, am I right? As a nutritional therapist, I have learned how nutrition can affect not only our health but also our appearance.  Simply being aware of what is lacking in our diets can not only improve our overall health, but also the version of ourselves we present to the world.

When it comes to our #FitFam, it’s safe to say that we all put in the time and effort to live a healthy and active lifestyle, both of which help us to shine from the inside out.  Speaking personally, in the past, I have struggled with issues like acne, oily skin, fatigue, dark circles, IBS, and some other conditions.  However, all of these conditions improved (and some diminished entirely) as soon as I made improvements to my diet and made healthy habits a priority.

Since today’s topic is all about natural beauty, I thought it would be fitting to share one of Ella’s articles for Consumer Health Digest15 Foods that Boost Your Body’s Natural Detox Power.   

When our bodies are naturally functioning at an optimal level inside, it shows on the outside.  And optimal functioning not only makes us feel our best, but it enables us to look our best too.

So without further delay, please enjoy Ella’s informative article and video, and let’s learn to beautify ourselves from within with natural detox foods.

15 Foods that Boost Your Body’s Natural Detox Power

Overview:  Several factors including environmental pollution, food, medications, lifestyle habits and by-products from body functions result in accumulation of toxic substances in the body. Without proper elimination of these toxins, you are at an increased risk of health problems including diseases and conditions. Here are 15 foods to boost your body’s natural detox power:

  1. Cucumber: A widely cultivated plant whose vines yields cylindrical fruits commonly used as culinary vegetables. It is rich in B-vitamins, vitamins C, and K. Its antioxidant properties make it useful as a detoxifying ingredient.
  2. Whole grains: They are rich in fiber essential for cleansing the colon. Their rinds/coatings are rich in minerals that help in detoxification.
  3. Garlic:  It has been used medicinally for centuries. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and liver function. Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps flush out toxins from the blood stream. It also has healing properties and fights certain types of cancer and heart disease.
  4. Broccoli: Recent studies indicate that broccoli contain sulfur, an essential mineral that helps the body get rid of toxins from the body. Also, it lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It has been used in treating high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and bacteria-related infections.
  5. Turmeric:  It is commonly used to make a curry to give food a bright yellow color. It is obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that has been used in Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. It promotes digestion and addresses conditions like jaundice, menstrual problems, bloody urine, chest pain and colic.
  6. Red bell pepper: It is loaded with vitamin C, which helps in the breakdown of toxic substances into digestible material. Each red pepper has more vitamin C content than from 3 oranges.
  7. Sunflower seeds: They are rich in vitamin E and selenium. They increase liver’s ability to eliminate toxins and also prevent cholesterol build up in the circulatory system. Organic forms are the best because they are rich in fat and oil that easily soak up toxic chemicals found in processed foods.
  8. Grapefruit: It reduces cholesterol levels, promote digestion and prevent kidney stones.

  9. Walnuts: They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, essential in flushing out toxins from the body.
  10. Mung beans: Their use for medicinal purposes dates backs thousands of years by Ayurvedic doctors. They are easily digestible and help in the absorption of toxic residue from the digestive tract.
  11. Watercress: They have antioxidant properties that fight free radicals from the cells and boosts cleansing enzymes in the liver. They are also a natural diuretic
  12. Artichokes: they are rich in a compound called cynarin, which promote natural production of bile juice essential for improved digestion.

  13. Citrus Fruits: They are rich in vitamin C, which plays a significant role in the fight against free radicals in the body.
  14. Turnip Greens: They are rich in antioxidants and sulfur, which helps fight environmental toxins and heavy metals from the body. They also contain phytonutrients that activate and regulate actions of detoxifying enzymes.
  15. Lentils: They have high fiber content that helps in elimination of toxins, lowers cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.

Conclusion:  Toxins from the environment, food, drugs and other sources can accumulate in the body and make you prone to illnesses. These 15 foods can naturally improve your body’s ability to eliminate toxic substances that can harm your health. Detox your body occasionally using these natural foods to stay healthy.

A very special thanks, again, to Ella for sharing her informative article with all of you!

Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. Her interests include reading and writing about Pregnancy, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Beauty and Skin Care.

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Do you eat any of these detoxifying foods regularly?  Do you focus on beauty from the inside out?


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I love surveys.  Do you?  Emily at Sweets and Beets posted this survey the other day called, “Lately I’ve Been…” as a way to catch everybody up with what’s going on in her life right now.  I love reading other people’s answers, because let’s face it, we’re all a bit “blogging” voyeuristic.  Well, at least I am!

Also, it’s Thursday, and Amanda let’s us think out loud, so why not?



Making: connections and plans for building up my coaching business, Coached by Erin.  I’ve already picked up some personal training clients and hoping that the efforts I’m currently making will pay off in a big way!


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Cooking:  Soups!  I know, I know it’s summer, but in Glasgow it really doesn’t feel anything like it.  I made a pretty kick ass mature cheddar and sweet potato soup the other day, if I may say so myself!

souper delicious

souper delicious

Drinking:  Water and gingerbread tea.  Like, bucket loads.  I’ve been trying to abstain from alcohol and coffee this month, and besides the weekend at my in-law’s and a glass of red wine Monday night, I’ve not been too bothered.


Yeah, so, I’m turning 35 next month.

Reading:  The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood.  I’ve been reading this all month, because I have been having life ADHD.  It’s a great book though, and if you’ve ever wondered how you would handle an emergency life and death situation, then this is the book for you!

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Wanting:  To have a gym somewhere in this city call me back about being a Spinning instructor.  My goal is to at least be a sub at a gym by the end of the summer!  #TotalWithdrawls

Wasting:  My youth.  There, I’ve said it.  I need to do something carefree.  Just, you know, not get deported.

living life to the fullest.

living life to the fullest.

Enjoying:  Training people again, running in the mornings with my hubby, anything and everything with chickpeas, and living in Scotland!


Liking:  Halt and Catch Fire — this show is REALLY good.  I also really like the song, “The Breach” by Dustin Tebbutt.  

Wondering: If I could become a vegan.  I think I may do one of those challenges, because after watching the documentary Vegucated I was in tears and wanting to never eat an animal product again!  Seriously, “Free Range” “Organic” and “Humane” are VERY subjective terms when it comes to the animal products we consume! Not to mention, our animal consumption is literally melting the atmosphere.  :/

Loving:  I will probably sound SUPER corny here (like, I don’t always?) — but I’m LOVING being married to a man who is as passionate about living a minimalist and healthy life with me.  It’s so freeing to share your life/space/goals/future with a person who wants the same things you do, eats the foods you cook, and gets up rain or shine to run with you.  #LOVE


Needing:   To call members of my family and mail them items that I’ve been buying for them.  And send something to my friend, Abby, who just had her baby early and could probably do with a nice baby gift while her son is still in the hospital.

Wearing:  Too much.  I wish it would be warm enough for a summer dress and open toe shoes.  It’s SO cold in Glasgow.  I’m used to hazy, warm New England/NYC summers, and the one I’m currently experiencing ain’t anything like that!

first day of summer.

first day of summer.

Noticing:  I need to read more, and get a tan.

Knowing:  You never know where you might end up in life, and that every time something bad happens — you can be sure that if you take that challenge and kick it’s ass, — better things will be on the horizon.

Thinking:  I would like to go back to school for nursing or speech pathology at some point, but also that I want to have a baby soon.

Feeling:  Very lucky and loved.

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud!

What have you been up to lately?



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Wow, it’s been, like, almost two months since my last linkup with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit.  It’s been a jam-packed time for me lately with just completing my nutritional therapist certification and starting up my personal training business.  But when I saw that this week was an interview, I thought it would be a great time to share some thoughts AND get back in touch with the amazing people who #DishTheFit weekly (probably much more regularly than I do)!

This week Jessica and Jill did something a bit different, they have turned the topic into an informative and interesting set of interview questions.  Answering interview questions is not only a great way to share our thoughts, but also, it gets us all thinking deeply about topics we don’t always work into words.

With that being said …let’s dish!

The Fit Dish Interview



I would have to say my proudest achievement to date would have to be waking up in 2012 and deciding that I needed to take control of my health.  Since the day I made that executive decision about my life, I have made one good choice after another.  I have to believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now (both physically and mentally) if I had not taken the initiative to make getting fit and healthy a priority.  I wouldn’t be a personal trainer, fitness instructor, blogger, or nutritional therapist if I had not made this choice.  I wouldn’t be here answering this question on my BLOG if I hadn’t made that amazing decision (and stuck with it)!

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proof that one good decision leads to many more



I believe our passions are born from our motivations.  You know when people say, “fear is a great motivator”?  Well, for me, that’s very true.  I fear going back to a place mentally where I don’t feel good about myself or that I’m worth the effort of staying healthy.  What truly keeps me passionate is knowing that I deserve to treat myself better than I ever did before.  You know that feeling you get after you finish a challenging workout, fit into your old jeans, or can help others reach their goals?  Well, that feeling can’t be topped by money or all the possessions in the world — it’s born from motivation and maintained through passion!  Oh yeah, and having this blog DEFINITELY doesn’t hurt when it comes to keeping passionate either. 😉



Um, we’re badass!  Seriously though, we are. The things that make me most proud to be a woman are our strength, empathy, leadership qualities, and yeah, did I mention we’re badass?  #IAmWoman

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Let’s face it, women feel more pressure than men.  Despite the fact that it’s 2015, women are still faced with so many bullshit labels and expectations.  The truth is — with all the pressures we have placed on ourselves — we need to build each other up and know we’re in this together!  Mean girls never prosper, and you want to know why?  Because they are so broken down from breaking other girls down.  If you want to feel strong, capable, and empowered love yourself and love other women with the same fierceness.



Truthfully, I think this starts with ourselves.  Making ourselves feel content and worthwhile enables us to share that empowerment with other women.  It’s so easy to give another girl a compliment or tell her she’s capable, but make sure you believe that about yourself first.

Be kind.

Be compassionate.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

See why it’s so important to start that empowerment cycle from within?


Work on the inside as much as the outside.  Exercise your soul, not just your heart.  It’s the only way we can maintain our passion, compassion, and accomplish our dreams.  It’s what’s within you that creates what you give to others.

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I can’t wait to see what others have shared and thanks to Jessica and Jill, this was an excellent week at #DishTheFit  — Super #FitFamLove

How would you answer these questions?  Join the conversation!



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Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (or any day) with this healthy version of the classic.  This super chickpea chocolate chip cookie is packed with chickpeas and flax and is full of protein, fiber, and all the deliciousness you would expect from a chocolate chip cookie.  Also, this cookie is the size of a pie.  I’m not encouraging you to eat it whole or anything, but it technically is one cookie. 🙂

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TGIF, party peeps! Is there anything better than just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies? The answer I’m looking for here is, no.  Here’s another question, did you know that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day in America?  Too bad I’m not in America anymore.  Oh wait, whatever, I’m still celebrating American holidays.  After all, I’m still American (I think I have to wait four years to become officially British).

I have recently become obsessed with the blog Chocolate Covered Katie.  I have stated (many a time) that I live under a rock (mostly), and it takes me forever to discover amazing things, like Miss Katie and her chocolate covered empire.

Also, she has a cookbook.

Recently, I discovered (and by discovered I mean I’m, like, the billionth person to) that the chickpea is an excellent substitute for flour in baked goods.  Yes, the chickpea.

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Super Healthy Edible Cookie Dough, as my way to survive an unhealthy liking to cookie butter.

Eating cookie dough with a spoon is great and all, but I decided I wanted an actual baked good.  I took to Pinterest and found Katie and her delightful desserts gone healthy.

The recipe I have used is technically for her blondies, but I decided to make a single, giant pie sized cookie with my dough.

Super Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie



Look at that thing!  I felt like Cookie Monster baking the dough in a pie dish, but it had to be done!

This recipe is so easy to make, and if you bake it on your own, you don’t even have to feel bad about not sharing the dough left in the mixing bowl!  I always share.  Okay, sometimes I share.

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Super Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 (LARGE)
Substitute flour for chickpeas (and none of the deliciousness) in this chocolate chip cookie the size of your head (literally)!
  • 1½ cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can drained and rinsed)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • level ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Two tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (you can use dairy free, carob, dark, white -whatever you like, really)!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except chips) until very smooth in a good food processor (I used an immersion blender, and it worked awesomely).
  2. Mix in chips, and scoop into a greased (or parchment-lined) pie dish.
  3. Cook for 25 (to 30) minutes
  4. Note: This cookie will be softly baked - leave in the pan for about 15 minutes after cooking!


I cut my cookie into eight pieces, but you could be more (or less) generous with the servings!

Warning:  These are addictive and GO FAST!

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Do you have a favorite healthy cookie recipe?  Do you celebrate food holidays?   

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Do you ever step back and think beyond yourself about yourself?  You know, like, away from your basic constitution as a human being to try and figure out why you do what you do?

Well, if you have (and even if you haven’t), join me in this edition of Thinking Out Loud with Amanda at Running with Spoons. (Lady, thank you for letting us all get it out — you’re truly awesome!)

Come this Friday, I have officially been in the UK for 60 days.  That seems like forever, but considering I plan on staying here for a long time (possibly forever), it’s a drop in the (eternity) bucket.  

I have had a very open dialogue about the stress and anxiety I have experienced since I moved here to live with my husband, Luke.  Like, seriously, some of you are probably over hearing about it, but it’s still something I contend with daily.

I keep feeling like I should be more settled, should have a job (like, not even a great one), a sense of identity, and a general feeling of purpose.  I mean, it’s sort of difficult to thrive when you don’t feel like a real person 90% of the time.  I actually equate this feeling to the one I had after I graduated from college, moved to New York, and broke up with my long-term boyfriend — the only difference is, I had a (youthful) sense of optimism running through my veins back then.

It’s not like I knew what I wanted to do with my life back then, or anything.   At least now I have a clear picture and focus of what I really want.  I mean, does anybody other than like 3% of people really know what they want to do before the age of 30, 40 or ever really? Really?

That inability to know what I wanted from my life continued for YEARS and caused me to fill the void with all kinds of (not so good) habits and people.

As I am quickly approaching 35, I feel myself reflecting on everything (WAY more than when I turned 30, I mean, I had 4 years of wiggle room to still f*** up).  I had no idea I would spend the past eleven years, since leaving college, doing the following things, over and over again:

Getting jobs and losing jobs.

Finding love and losing love.

Making friends and losing friends.

Gaining pounds and losing pounds.

Leaving America and returning to America.

Losing a parent.

Gaining a spouse.

Leaving America again.

Starting over completely.  

When I look back on it, I can’t believe it all has happened.  I mean, I’m a zygote in the grand scheme of things, and I feel like I’ve lived several lives already.  That said, it was 11 years filled with laughter, love, tears, anger, happiness, loss, gains, and everything else.

As I face this (nearly) blank slate that is my life right now, I can’t help but laugh a bit that I think I feel scared.  Scared of what?  Rejection?  I’ve been rejected more times than I can count, and it’s never failed to open bigger and better doors for me.

Um, hello, Erin, how many frogs did you have to kiss to find your prince?

I plead the fifth on that one, but yes, I have a wonderful husband and life partner for sure.


I have come to realize – I am not living in fear right now, no.  I have been living too comfortably.  I guess it’s my “intentional subconscious” (is that such a thing)?  In the past –whenever I got uncomfortable — I lost something (people, ideas, goals), so, my brain feels like as long as I never get uncomfortable, I won’t have anything to lose.

However, I know that by not allowing myself to get uncomfortable (and potentially lose opportunities) I also will never raise the bar for myself.

After all, rejection is just a way for life to raise the bar for us all.  Sure, when rejection happens, it sucks.  It hurts.  It makes you feel worthless, empty, and alone, BUT it also will push you onward (and hopefully upward).

Just think of all the people, places, and things we would never have experienced if rejection hadn’t raised their bar.


1.  Albert Einstein.  Apparently the parents and teachers of this guy thought he was “mentally handicapped” –which ended up now being seen as a learning disability, but he kind of turned out to be a big deal.

2.  Elizabeth Gilbert.  Liz was rejected as a writer for five years straight, until one of her articles was revived from a “slush pile” at Esquire and soon established her as the first unpublished short-story writer to debut in the magazine since Norman Mailer.  Also, before she wrote Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of experience working as bartender at the famous Coyote Ugly bar was later turned into the film, Coyote Ugly.

 3.  Theodore Suess Geisel.  The places this guy went — other than the bank — were far above and beyond the places the first 27 publishers he submitted transcripts of his first book thought he ever would.

4.  Steve Jobs.  He started Apple, and then got fired from it, but then left to start Pixar and was brought back on as the CEO of Apple.  Here’s a beautiful (but humblingly sad) video of his commencement address at Stanford University in 2005.   In this comencement he shares how an unconventional path and the drive to never lose sight of his passions made him the legacy he will forever be.  (Special thanks to Jill Conyers for sharing this.)

5. Mold.  Yeah, that creepy stuff that grows hair on things that shouldn’t ever have it, helps like save people’s lives now.  I mean, it had a serious makeover, but seriously, if this gross inconvenience that lived in most of our college refrigerators never existed, people could die from things they catch on public transportation.  True story.

Sorry about that last one, but I think it makes my point.  As I am writing this post, I’m thinking of all the ways in which I will be uncomfortable in the weeks and months to come  — and the inevitable rejection that follows such discomfort.  However, I have to believe each discomfort will be accompanied by an opportunity to propagate my success rather than accelerate my failure.

In the end, that simple shift in mindset is proof of why I am where I am right now; stronger, wiser, and just uncomfortable enough to see what happens next.

As always, thanks for hanging in there whilst I think out loud.

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Do you see rejection as a means to your overall success?  Have you ever looked back at a disappointment only to see that it was the best thing that could have happened?


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