Guest Post from The Balanced Babe: 4 Day Detox!

I met the lovely Sarah in Chicago at a blogging event, and I justttt adore her! Her blog, The Balanced Babe, offers holistic health advice and ways to balance beauty and fitness in our everyday lives. Today, she’s sharing her expertise on the topic of detoxing, and offers a four day plan to get you beach-body ready. Follow her wonderful words of wisdom on Twitter here and check out her image consulting site Style Body Soul here! Take it away, Sarah! :)

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As the seasons change, so does your digestion and food needs. Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, you need to reset your digestion, and kickstart a renewed and healthy diet! If you are feeling bloated, constipated, groggy, or just don’t have the energy you want or need, you might need a detox!

Many people get scared off by the word detox. They think intense restrictive diets like the master
juice cleanse, but sometimes it’s a good idea to take baby steps and making small changes that
will end with big results. I’ve put together a simple yet effective 4 day “detox” that will help reset
your body for the new spring season!!

HOW LONG? If you feel like you can keep on going with this detox, try it for as many days as you like. You can
experiment with different recipes that are similar to the ones listed below. If you find yourself not
overly hungry, you don’t need to include the twice daily snacks. Some people find that giving their
metabolism a break by not constantly nibbling can help with overall digestion and it could improve
gut health. Taking longer breaks in between meals  is more common if you have a gut imbalance.
If your digestion is fine and your body type is slim, you might need those two snacks daily to keep
your blood sugar levels up.

What we will be including more of in the next 4 days: leafy greens, water and green tea,
What we are cutting down on: refined sugars, carbs, sodium, dairy, and cutting out processed
veggies, and some fruits like apples and pineapple.
foods completely.

GROCERY LIST: Here is the grocery list of items you need for this 4 day Balanced Babe detox!

Apple cider vinegar (I like Braggs, can be found at Whole Foods or Marianos), bag of kelp granules (Whole Foods), 5 lemons, parsley, cilantro, basil, 2 ginger, baby carrots, 1 container of blueberries, 3 bunches of kale, sunflowers seeds, almonds, walnuts, bean sprouts, romained leaves, baby spinach, 1 bunch of asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of celery, low sodium vegetable stock, 12 eggs, 4 apples, 2 packages of precooked beets (Trader Joes), organic and raw honey, canned salmon (wild-caught only), frozen artichoke hearts, 4 bananas, 2 avocados, balsamic vinegar, 3 white onions, minced garlic, vegan cheese (GoVeggie brand), 3 bunch of collard greens, 1 head of cauliflower.

Dry seasonings: thyme, sage, pepper, cinnamon

Now put it to work!

Day 1: Wake up! Drink some warm lemon water with a shot of  apple cider vinegar, a tsp of
honey,  and half a lemon.  Then you can have your coffee or do it vice versa. (Or tea if you only
drink tea)
Breakfast: Juice or smoothie ­ If you have a juicer, make a juice consisting of: carrots, ginger,
kale, cilantro, celery, cucumber, lemon.  If you want a smoothie instead, make a smoothie
consisting of: spinach, apple, cilantro, ginger, lemon, cucumber, pineapple
Snack: Nuts or artichoke hearts with balsamic vinegar (remember to soak your nuts!)
Lunch: Kale salad with kelp granules, ½ avocado,  shaved carrots, sunflower seeds, and bean
sprouts topped with 1 tbsp olive oil and apple cider vinegar.   OR Spinach salad with beets, blue
berries, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar with side of canned salmon or salmon filet sprinkled with
pepper and seasonings or steam asparagus with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with  vegan cheese.
Snack: Apple with cinnamon
Dinner: Big bowl o’ greens, saute kale or collard greens ( half a bunch of each) in low sodium
veggie stock with chopped onion and a tsp of minced garlic (you can play with seasonings), with a
side of cauliflower mash or two sunny side up eggs.

* If you MUST have something sweet..freeze some bananas and make banana ice cream as your late night dessert.

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Repeat this plan for 4 days. You can be creative and play with different recipes that are still similar
to the ones I suggested. That doesn’t mean making an iceberg salad with mozzarella cheese and
bacon bits..make mindful decisions when it comes to eating!

PAMPER: During this 4 day detox, you need to pamper yourself as well. This is your time to reboot your
energy, and balance yourself inside and out. Here are some at home self care remedies for you to
try:

­ Dry body brushing (how-to!)
­ Epsom salt bath nightly
­ Facial and scalp  massage with coconut oil
­ Stretching/yoga every morning and night
­ Go for a walk outside daily for at least 30 min
­ Sleep as much as you need (if this means you need 9 hours of sleep with a 30 min nap each
day, then do it!)

If you feel that you can still use more of a detox after these 4 days, continue on with a plant based
detox for 3 more days and see how you feel! It is so important to listen to your body. Now is the
time to get in tune with yourself, so meditate for 10 minutes a day, do stretches morning and
night, and get outside and breathe fresh air.  If you are feeling gasy or bloated after eating
something, then cut it out and see how you feel a week after.

Remember, this isn’t about restricting yourself. If you are craving something, have that treat but in
moderation. This 4 day detox is about adding more veggies and fruits into your diet! Let me know what you think! :)

Do not detox if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition you are seeing a physician for. Please advise your doctor before you go on any meal plan. Interaction with Pepperminting or Balanced Babe, or the website’s creators do not create a client relationship, and shall be done strictly at the reader’s own sole risk. Under no circumstances shall the ownerof Pepperminting or Balanced Babe be liable for any indirect,direct, incidental, special or consequential damages resulting from the use of or the inability to use this website, including but not limited to reliance on information obtained from this website.

5 Disney World Tips for Adults

Our trip to Disney World was a success! One day in the Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be nearly enough for most kids, but for us grown-up sisters, it was just the right amount of time. If you’re contemplating taking a trip to Disney World as an adult, here are 5 must-follow tips that I learned during my short stay!

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1) Get the Dining Plan!

Disney Dining Plans are a way to make your trip all-inclusive-ish. You pay around $60 per day/per person, and that gets you a refillable mug for your resort stay, one quick-service meal (like a cafeteria-style buffet), one sit-down meal, and one snack.

For our day at the park, we brought granola bars from home for breakfast, used our quick-service at the Beauty and the Beast themed “Be Our Guest” restaurant for lunch (totally awesome and worth the wait), ate a great steak dinner at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort, and used our snack in the park at night to buy Dole Whips! It’s definitely nice not to have to worry about carrying a credit card around, and the food we ate totaled way more than $60 for that day. I highly recommend it!

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2) Visit Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a trendy area outside of the main parks that offers shopping, dining, and nightlife options. It’s a short bus-ride away from the resorts, and the boardwalk is a really fun alternative for adults and free admission. There’s Cirque de Soleil, movies, dancing, and shows, and after the construction is finished in a few months, it will be an even more magical option for nightlife!

3) Go to the Parks at Night

Yes, this may seem like common sense, but allow me to reiterate that the parks were legit empty after 9:30 pm. There’s no way that the kids (or parents) can last that long, and if you check calendar hours before you go, you can plan to visit on days that individual parks stay open late. We walked right on to rides, and enjoyed the scenery and the beautiful night without crying and screaming children. :)

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4) Stay at a Disney Resort

The question we were asked the most throughout our stay was “are you staying at a Disney resort?” Staying on Disney property gives you privileges to roam about the other resorts, allows additional park hours, and gives other various perks that you wouldn’t otherwise have. We stayed at Coronado Springs, which is around $175/night, and it had an awesome pool area for us to use on the day we didn’t go to the park. Look for a resort that has bus/monorail access to the parks, and good restaurants so you don’t have to go far for a decent meal.

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5) Take Professional Pictures… But Don’t Buy Them

Something nice about Disney is that there are professional photographers posted up everywhere throughout the property. They offer to take your picture with the castle in the background, next to characters, in restaurants, and posing with pretty backgrounds. The only problem is, the picture packages are crazy expensive. Any time you see a professional photog set up, swipe your Magic Band and take tons fun pictures, but don’t purchase them! They’ll automatically upload to your online account, and you can then just screen shot them on your computer for forever memories!

SISTER TIP: Don’t be shy! We found that every cast member we asked to take a picture of us with our IPhone or personal camera was totally fine with it. And they know exactly what angle to capture! These are professionals, people! We got some beautiful pictures to cherish until next visit. :)

What tips do you have for adults in Disney??