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Detox to Retox

Monday, December 1st, 2014


With Thanksgiving behind us and the winter holidays approaching now is the prefect time to purge the CRAP (Carbonated drinks, Refined sugars, Artificial sweeteners, Processed foods) ands embrace clean FOOD (Fruit & Veggies, Organic lean protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, Drink water). We sometimes tend to glamorize food and drink and it’s easy, especially around the holidays, to slip into bad eating habits. For 10 days, starting December 3, you will be mindful of the food you’re putting into your body. You’ll treat like the precious clean-fueled powerhouse it is, and by Friday December 12th you will be rockin’ that holiday dress.  Here’s what it means s to eat clean.

  • Eat More! Eat 6 small meals each day. Space them about 2.5-3 hours apart.  This increases your metabolism.
  • Avoid Sugar, Alcohol, and bread
  • Eat lean protein, Your muscles depend on protein. It helps repair cells and build new ones.
  • Eat Complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Depend on fresh fruits and veggies for fiber, vitamins and enzymes.
  • Eat organically

My good friend Maria Marucci is the ring leader, hosting a 10 Day Little Black Dress Challenge that started today.  I invite you to go check her out on Facebook and join her page. She has lots of helpful tips and information the can help through our Detox to Retox. Maria Marucci Fitness on Facebook

My guru, leader, ass kicker of a trainer and dear friend Lisa Escabar created the menu.

Starting Wednesday Dec 3, for the next 10 Days. Remember to eat every 2.5-3hours and the order of the meals 1-6 can be switched.


Meal 1. From when you wake up within the hour. This is the meal to have if you work out before 9:30. Otherwise you can switch with another meal.

One scoop whey protein or high form of protein mix (can be put into a smoothie or water) or 4 oz of lean meat

Meal 2.

1/4 cup Oatmeal with water. 3 soft-hard boiled eggs and 1 Tbls. essential Omega or sub eggs and Omega with 3 oz. lean meat.

Meal 3

1/4 cup of brown rice.  1/2 avocado. 1 cup fat free cottage cheese or 3 oz. lean meat. 3 cups of raw veggies or 1 1/2 cup of steamed veggies

Meal 4

1 scoop whey protein (can be put into a smoothie or water), 18 almonds or substitute the whey for 3 oz of lean meat

Meal 5

3 soft-hard boiled eggs. 3 cups of raw veggies or 1 1/2 cup of steamed veggies. 1/2 avocado. 1 Tbls. essential Omega or sub eggs and Omega with 3 oz. lean meat.

Meal 6

This meal can be added anywhere, if you stay up late or you need more food at anytime during the day.

4oz lean meat.

Clip from the Michael J Fox show

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Not quite like watching paint dry but still funny.  Thanks for the shout out MJF.


Melissa, My Partner Sublime

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

296452_10150358672073719_1412277200_nI’m super excited that my sister Melissa has agreed to come on board and blog with me.  What can I say about my lil‘ sis?  She is the most dedicated, beautiful woman I know. Melissa’s beauty truly shines from within and touches everyone she comes into contact with.  She is kind, giving and smart; freaking smart.  She has more degrees then anyone I know; RN, masters in business, and probably a few I don’t know about.  We have always been partners in crime as kids.  Basically, I would do something unruly and she would cover it up so my parents wouldn’t find out. What are little sisters for, right? She has always had my back and I have always had hers. I consider this a great gift and a sense of completion that she is my partner on this journey of well-being. I am so excited to share her with you. Please welcome my  sister, Melissa, to


I have been an ER nurse for 14 years.  As a nurse my main goal was to heal, promote health and well-being.  I did an excellent job when it came to my patients but, when it came to me I was a big disaster.  I blamed my poor eating habits on my job, I worked long, busy and stressful 12-hour shifts.  I never had breaks and there was never anyone to cover you for lunch.  I basically ate on the run and ate anything I could get my hands on.  I wasn’t a large girl; after all I was on the run and on my feet for 12 hours 3 times a week.  However, I wasn’t a healthy girl. I never really realized what eating all this unhealthy, processed food did to my body, energy and overall well being, until my sister introduced me to a whole new way of eating.

Danielle has always been the healthy one in the family.  She loved to work out and I hated it.  She loved to try different interesting foods and I liked my comfort carbs.  The one thing we always had in common is our love to cook, experiment, and create in the kitchen.  One day my sister decided to go on a raw journey, eating all raw foods.  I was interested in what she was eating and loved the way she described how she felt and I especially loved how she looked.  I told her I did not think I could commit to a lifestyle of eating all raw, I am going to be honest was not a huge vegetable fan.  Danielle suggested I take it slowly and to check out a book, Get Naked, written by Diana Stobo. The day I read that book was the day my life changed forever.

After a week I felt amazing, I was so excited about the changes I saw in my body and the energy I had. I actually started to work out and loved it.  I was sleeping 6 hours a night and waking up feeling refreshed and energized.  Work became less stressful and I realized with a little preparation, I could eat healthy at work. I started researching other raw books and alternative ways of eating.  I completely changed my eating habits and my way of living.  My sister was there for me every step of the way coaching and guiding me through this journey.  I started experimenting with recipes in the kitchen and quickly became passionate about making foods that are good for you and don’t make you feel deprived.  A year later, I am still excited to try and create new recipes and share them with my sister.  We discuss recipes that don’t taste quite right and she suggests substitutions or ideas.  We make a great team. Danielle and I have a goal of making eating healthy and living healthy an easy journey.  We want to heal mind, body and soul.

I am so looking forward to taking on this journey with my sister, blogging recipes and information we learn along the way.  Weather you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or gluten free you will find great recipes and information that will be beneficial to your health and well-being.


Inspiration for Life

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I have been running for a long time; with 2 kids and a career in television it seems as though I have been running around forever. I used to be on air talent for HGTV, showing the world how to design and get creative with their interiors. During my 10 years in television I never stopped exercising and taking care of my body. Last summer one of my girlfriends and I challenged each other. I agreed to take a yoga class with her if she would run with me. The last yoga class I took wasn’t for me, all I could think about were the things I needed to do after I got out of there. It was so slow and boring and I thought all yoga was like this. I reluctantly sucked it up and went with her. I was surprised, this class wasn’t like any kind of yoga I’ve ever done. The room was hot, 95 degrees hot! It was fast passed and challenging with balancing poses and inversions, OMG I was hooked. After my show ended it came so naturally what to do next in my life. I wanted to get deeper and redesign for the well-being. So now in addition to being a designer and color expert, I am now a certified yoga instructor and on the path to becoming a nutritionist. I love how intertwined design, beauty, travel, exercise and food are, it’s life. The tagline on my website reads “inspiration for interiors”, it will read “inspiration for life”. I’m devoting this website to design and well-being walking hand in hand. After all, a house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Let’s inspire each other.

Here are a few people and things that inspire me…..

Hello world!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Welcome! I am thrilled to share my new web sight with you all. As most of you know I have a love for color and a passion for design. Every object, color, and texture we introduce into our home is an expression of who we are. I believe that you don’t need a large amount of money to improve your home. A little inspiration and imagination can stretch any budget. Please, feel free to come back as often as you wish and share the love of your home with me!