February 2011: Sleep Deep

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Staying up late is tempting, especially when your fave TV marathon is on and emails need to get answered. Here’s some inspiration to hit the sack… While you sleep, your skin cells rejuvenate, giving those pesky lines the chance to renew – that means fewer wrinkles, wink wink! And, get this: skin-rejuvenating antioxidants work best while you sleep. Sweet dreams!

NLT: Need a little nutrition for good sleep hygiene? Give yourself a goal: Pick 3 nights this week that you will make your bedtime no matter how many other things are on your plate. You’ll feel more refreshed and ready to conquer that long list!!

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Stress Less

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2011 is now in full-swing, which can be equal parts relieving and stressful… For those already in need of some back-to-the-grind de-stressing, a great yoga book or online yoga video might be the perfect solution. The beauty of these tools is that they allow you to choose the time and place to de-stress, at your very own pace.

NLT: Try the “Bonding With Your Partner” 15 minute yoga series from Tara Stiles’ book, Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, or a free video from YogaVibes.com. Both options are creative and totally doable. Namaste.

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Pamper Thyself

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Somewhere in between juggling your job, fighting the flu, or getting the kids to after school activities, you’ve forgotten to give yourself (and your partner) attention. It’s time for you to get cozy and enjoy well deserved foot massages which increase circulation and bring joints oxygen-rich blood needed to help relieve tension.

NLT: Keep those tootsies in top-notch shape! Do double-duty by massaging your partner’s feet with The O2 Diet’s Apricot Raspberry exfoliating scrub. The apricot acts as an exfoliant helping to remove dead skin, while antioxidant properties in the raspberry help renew skin.

The O2 Diet’s Apricot Raspberry Exfoliant:

  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried apricot chopped fine
  • 2 raspberries, mashed
  1. Chop apricots finely
  2. Combine with yogurt and mashed raspberries.
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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Drink Up

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Even though the holidays are long behind us, you don’t need to put away the bubbly… Keep the celebrations going on February 14th with a couple flutes of champagne. Recent studies show that champagne can help protect against Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. So what’s the secret? Champagne contains polyphenols, antioxidants that work as anti-inflammatory power tools to protect brain cells.

NLT: No need to avoid champagne because of that dreaded morning hangover, a result of dehydration and vitamin depletion. Just don’t forget to drink a full glass of water for every glass of champagne…cheers!

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February 2011: Sex Ed

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You have probably heard of Tantric yoga. The ancient practice combines deep spiritual awareness with sexual positions that can help liven up your sex life, and maybe even give you an added workout. It is the month of love after all… The perfect time to try something new.

NLT: Combine Tantric yoga with aphrodisiac aromatherapy and get in the mood! Boost sensuality and appeal to your sense of smell with an essential oil blend like Aromappeal’s Sensuality Massage and Body Oil.

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Your World

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Whipping up a romantic Valentine’s dinner is well worth the effort, but then you’ve got a sink full of dirty dishes and a wine-stained table cloth to clean up. Have no fear, lemons are here! Next time you’re having trouble banishing your worst wine, chocolate, or olive oil stains, look no further then the lemons in your fridge. The acid in lemons makes them a great cleaning agent and they’ve got a bleaching effect that makes them the perfect alternative to those heavy-duty stain removers that aren’t great for the environment.

NLT: Banish stains on a table cloth or cutting board by cutting 1 lemon in half, dipping it in table salt, and rubbing it all over the stained area. Voila! Your worst stains are removed in no time.

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Eat Empowered

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Can you handle the heat? Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t feel some heat from within. Warm up with jalapeno peppers. These hot little guys contain capsaicin, which gives the pepper its fiery kick. They’ve also got migraine fighting abilities and congestion clearing powers to help kick a stuffy nose and keep you in tip-top winter health.

NLT: Sound too hot to handle? Don’t sweat it; a little jalapeno goes a long way! Slice 1 jalapeno pepper and ½ a cucumber, and add the slices to a pitcher of cool water. Think spa water… With a kick.

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

February 2011: Exercise Steady

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It’s time to start movin’ and groovin’ your way to a sleeker body. Shaking your hips on the dance floor won’t just warm you up during one of the coldest months of the year; it also burns calories, increases coordination, and improves balance. What’s more, a new study suggests that dancing can help lead to healthier bones and stronger muscle tissue. It’s time to get your groove back- and a firmer body to go with it. So hop off the treadmill and hit the dance floor for a complete body workout with a total change of pace.

NLT: Dancing isn’t exclusively for nights out or swanky clubs anymore. Make your living room the hottest club in town. Turn up the music, close the blinds, (or keep them open for an appreciative audience), and let your inner disco diva loose!

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS:

Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Foods

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Looking for a way to get your hormones flowing and your heart pumping this Valentine’s Day? No, we’re not talking about donning sexy lingerie (although by all means, go for it!) This year, instead of going out to eat with your sweetheart, cook up some trouble with a three-course meal that is loaded with aphrodisiac foods. We know you’ve heard of oysters and chocolate, but the list goes on. There are foods that give men an irresistible smell, increase circulation and stimulation, and others that boost arousal. Get a jump on your Valentine’s Day grocery shopping this weekend and pick up some celery, ginger and pomegranates. Check out Keri on Access Hollywood Live this coming Monday where she will tell you how to use these ingredients to cook a Valentine’s Day meal that will be sure to heat up your night!

In the meantime, drink up (in moderation, of course!) this Low-Cal Pomegranate Love Potion to (literally) get your blood flowing. Pomegranates are rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that allow blood to flow through your veins – a key component of good sex. Over ice, pour 1 oz vodka, 2 oz club soda and 1 oz Genesis Today Pomegranate Berry Boost juice. Stir and serve with love.

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POSTED ON February 11, 2011 // TAGS: Access Hollywood Live Genesis Today pomegranate Valentine's Day

The O2 Diet Cleanse

Did you already break the New Year’s Resolutions you made last week? The O2 Diet paperback edition can help you start living your best life in 2011 with this 4-day cleanse that maximizes weight loss, inspires confidence, and delivers immediate results!

4-Day O2 Cleanse

Follow this plan exactly for the next 4 days!

BREAKFAST

  • Scrambled eggs (1 whole DHA/EPA fortified egg plus 3 egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice

SNACK

  • Sliced Granny Smith apple with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

LUNCH

  • Spinach (cooked or raw); have fun dressing the spinach with flavored vinegars, such as fig, raspberry, or orange!
  • 3 to 4 ounces salmon, mackerel, or halibut (grilled, baked, or broiled) with 1 teaspoon dried spices, such as oregano
  • 8 pecans halves
  • 1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice

SNACK

  • Steamed artichoke or 1/2 cup artichoke hearts in water
  • 1 cup green tea

DINNER

  • Large romaine lettuce salad with carrots, tomatoes, and red bell peppers; dress with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice to taste
  • Steamed asparagus
  • 3 to 4 ounces any lean protein (grilled, baked, or broiled) with spices such as 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries

ORAC: 57,300

Buy The O2 Diet paperback edition from Amazon

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POSTED ON January 7, 2011 // TAGS: O2 Diet