DIY All Natural Bronzer

The sun is finally shining here in Toronto and the weather is getting hot (it’s about time!).

That means I’m pulling out my summer clothes, throwing my hair up and getting my summer beauty essentials ready. This means using a little bit of bronzer. 

I don’t normally wear bronzer throughout the year (unless I’m off to a video shoot and have a fabulous make up artist apply it for me), but in the summer time, it’s the perfect time to add a little extra glow and colour to my cheeks. 

But… as you know, I’m quite particular with my beauty care products and I won’t just settle for any product. It’s got to be clean, natural, free of parabens, fragrances and EDC (endocrine disrupting chemicals). 

Remember, what goes ON the skin goes IN, and although our bodies are very miraculous and smart and can filter through toxins and not 100% of everything gets into the skin, A LOT of it does and A LOT of it is dangerous, carcinogenic and can have a negative impact on our health and hormones

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There was a time when I bought all my beauty care and skin care products from the drug store. As a young girl I could spend hours looking through all the makeup, glosses, hair products, scrubs and everything in between. 

Be sure to check out the safety of your beauty care products on the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep database.

In my CleanBeautyU online program, I’ve recorded 10 simple DIY beauty care recipe videos. I’ll be teaching you how to make your own anti-aging facial oil, scrubs, whitening toothpastes, mouthwash, face masks, hair masks and so much more! Plus, you’ll have access to 6 CleanBeautyU Modules where I dive into all things gut health, detoxification, facial care, body care, hair care and dental health so you know EXACTLY what to do to heal your most pressing skin issues! Click here to learn more about this amazing program. 

In the meantime, get yourself in the kitchen and grab these “baking” essentials to make this simple and chemical free DIY All Natural Bronzer. 

Here are the highlight ingredients of this DIY Bronzer recipe:

Cinnamon – provides a gorgeous glow
Cacao – the real star of the show, this ingredient adds depth and darkness to your bronzer. Use as much or as little, depending on the shade that is right for you
Nutmeg – this ingredient is optional, but is does give the bronzer a really nice sun-kissed colour
Arrowroot, tapioca or powdered sugar – helps to lighten the bronzer overall. Use more or less depending on the colour that is right for you. 

DIY All Natural Bronzer
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  1. 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  2. 1 tsp cacao powder
  3. 1 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
  4. 2 tsp arrowroot or tapicoa powder (or use organic powdered sugar)
  1. Adjust the levels of ingredients to your shade and mix together in a small bowl.
  2. Be sure to break up any clumps until it’s smooth.
  3. Place the powder into a clean, empty compact and pack it in firmly.
  4. Use an all natural bristle blush brush, swipe on your bronzer and viola!
  1. *Note - use the best, most natural (organic preferably) ingredients when making this bronzer. The 2 most important ingredients are the cinnamon and cacao powder (or cocoa powder), which will give your skin that gorgeous glow. If you don't have arrowroot or tapioca on hand, powdered sugar will work too!
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars

I am obsessed with all things pumpkin!

Not only is it so good for you, but it tastes amazing. So when I saw the first pumpkin display at Whole Foods last week, I knew my recipe game was on!

I wanted to create something easy to make and ridiculously good! The recipe for my Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars took about 10 minutes to prepare and about half that time to disappear. They were that delicious.

Pumpkin is so much more than just jack-o-lanterns and pie at Thanksgiving. It’s probably one of those things you eat and don’t even realize all of the good you are doing to your body.

With every bite you take, you are giving your body so much goodness including:

Zinc: you need this for a healthy immune system and this delicious member of the squash family packs a powerful zinc punch.   

Vitamin A:  pumpkin has a ton of Vitamin A! In, fact one cup has over 200% of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin A supports healthy eyes, amazing skin and a healthy heart.

Vitamin C: this antioxidant is important for a healthy immune system and healthy bones. Plus, vitamin C is needed in order to produce collagen, a protein that supports beautiful skin.

I hope you love these as much as we did. You should probably make 2 batches, trust me, they won’t last long!  

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and easy recipes, come join me inside my Healthy Hormones Recipe Club! Are you confused with all the information out there about how to balance your hormones, lose weight + support your immunity? Can’t keep up with all the different diets; Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, or which one is even right for you Get a monthly meal plan + shopping list + recipes that will help you to support your body, balance your hormones, detoxify and shed some inches in the process! Each month has a different theme (click here to read what I’ll be sharing over the next few months!) This Recipe Club is available for a super affordable price, so you can easily say YES to putting yourself first, without breaking the bank. Delicious food & zero deprivation, I promise!

And if you’re looking for more amazing pumpkin recipes, check out this delicious Paleo Spiced Pumpkin Loaf.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. ½ cup creamy almond butter
  2. ½ cup organic pumpkin puree
  3. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 2 large, organic eggs
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. ½ tsp ground ginger
  7. ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  8. ½ tsp baking soda
  9. Pinch of sea salt
  1. ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
  2. ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
  3. 1/3 cup almond flour
  4. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  5. Pinch of sea salt
  6. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  7. 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted for greasing pan
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 inch dish with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond butter, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and eggs.
  3. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and sea salt. Whisk to combine and pour into the greased baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients until moist and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the batter.
  5. Bake in oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  6. Cut into squares and enjoy!
  1. *For the crumble, feel free to use your favorite nuts. A good combo would be pecans and walnuts.
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Ginger Lime Coconut Body Scrub

This combo of ingredients is amazing!

If you’re a fan of body scrubs (or at least picking them up in the store and smelling every one of them!), then you’ll love the aroma of these delicious ingredients and how they come together to make a skin smoothing, cellulite reducing, moisturizing scrub. 

I love making my own homemade beauty care products because that means I get to decide exactly what goes in it and can make sure all the ingredients are #qualitarianapproved!


Unfortunately, most body scrubs (especially if you’re shopping for them in generic drug stores) carry a boat load of chemical ingredients that actually cause more damage to your skin in the long run and even dry your skin out! Not cool! 

You won’t find any chemical ingredients in this scrub here. In fact, it’s made with only clean beauty approved ingredients that it’s even edible! Yes, you can literally eat it!

So let’s get our hands dirty and whip up some homemade scrubs. I made these over the holidays and wrapped them up with pretty ribbon and gave them away as gifts. They were well received!


Ginger Lime Coconut Body Scrub
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  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar (brand I used was Wholesome)
  2. 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (brand I used was Wholesome)
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil (not melted, not solid, just room temperature and soft. I used Progressive Organic Coconut Oil)
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  5. 10-15 drops lime essential oil (I used doTerra)
  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand blender, combine all the ingredients. This allows it to get nice and fluffy.
  3. Transfer scrub to a wide mouth mason jar and leave it in the shower. Use it 3-4 times a week, being extra gentle if you use it on your face.
  4. Be sure to focus on scrubbing all the 'important' areas such as, knees, elbows, hips, butt and thighs.
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4 Keys to Resetting Your Metabolism for Successful Weight Loss

It’s January 2016 and everyone is in health mode. I’m excited about this because I love seeing people get serious about their health and seek out help, coaching, join gyms and commit to better eating. 

I wish January was all the time! There’s always this excitement in the new year to get healthy and then come February (or shall I say Valentines Day) the healthy eating, along with the over indulgence with chocolates takes over. 

I’m not here to judge. I love chocolate and in a balanced and healthy plan, chocolate is a-ok in my books!

But today, I want to share with you 4 ‘unconventional’ ways of resetting your metabolism. Now… you may have heard of some of these before, but they are not often talked about in regards to metabolism and weight loss; until now. 

As you know, I specialize in weight loss and offer a comprehensive weight loss program and with my clients, there are rules! Of course, with any meal plan and weight loss protocol there are always rules, but these ones are a little different and I want to share them with you because as you embark on your own health journey, I want you to start incorporating them asap. 

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get energized or balance your hormones, these rules can help to benefit you and your goals. 

Rule #1 – Leave 5 hours between your meals, or more simply, eat 3 meals a day. I’m sure you’ve heard me speak of this before, but the truth is, eating every 2-3 hours means your spiking your insulin levels constantly throughout the day. Taking a 5 hour break allows your insulin levels to drop, which allows for more fat to be burned. I was recently interviewed on the Paleohacks podcast about this and share some insights into mindset when it comes to dieting. You can listen to the podcast here. I also wrote an extensive article on this topic, which you can read here on my site. I go into more detail about why 3 meals are beneficial for hormones. 

Rule #2 – Eat an apple a day. Ok, you’ve heard of this one before, however, it’s not just any apple and it’s not just any time of day. Apples should be eaten as part of your meal, not as a snack, and you should look for more tart varieties like macintosh, gravenstein, jonathan or green varieties. Apples contain lots (and I mean LOTS!) of vitamins and minerals and can help to lower cholesterol and uric acid. They also provide pectin and cellulose, fibres that help your body detoxify.

Rule #3 – Water. Yup, another one you’ve heard of, but the truth is, most of us just aren’t drinking enough. You should aim to be drinking 1/2 oz. of water per pound of body weight. Water cleanses your body, helps to remove waste from the bowels, and supports fat loss. Calculate your water intake and start drinking before you’re thirsty!

Rule #4 – Take 2 bites of protein at the beginning of each meal. This means your fish, poultry, meat, beans or legumes, etc. Most of us dive into the carbs, but protein helps to effectively manage insulin spikes. When the stomach receives protein first, the pancreas reacts by secreting the hormone glucagon. This hormone actually works by blocking insulin production as well as triggering more satiety. Remember, lower insulin levels means higher fat burning. 

These rules are incredibly easy to implement, you can get started with them today! I love hearing from my clients how these rules have become second nature to them. They sit down to their meals with more awareness and more appreciation for their hormones and their health. 

If you’re interested in joining my online 8 week weight loss program, I can only accept 10 women into the group. Everyone receives their own comprehensive blood panel and customized meal plan, plus 8 weeks of coaching with me. After guiding over 60 women last year to weight loss success, I am so excited to bring this program to more women.

Whether you are in the U.S. or Cananda, you can join in on the group program and even get your labs complete near you! This program is by application process only. If you are interested, please take a minute to fill out the application. Once you’re application is received, I’ll connect with you to set up a complimentary consult call to discuss your health and goals in more detail.

Click here to fill out the application form.

I look forward to helping more women achieve weight loss success in 2016, regain their hormonal health and feel confident and vibrant in their bodies once again. Know that’s its possible. Anything is possible with dedication, commitment and a true desire to make change happen.  

Cheers to the happiest and healthiest 2016!

Check out some before and after photos:

Meet Elide. She’s lost 50lbs in just over 6 months. Not only has she lost weight, but she’s gone off her medications and reduced inflammation in her joints.


Meet Elizabeth. She’s lost over 56lbs pounds in 4 months and her energy levels have increased dramatically. She’s started to run 5km and finally looks forward to being active again. 


Meet Marisa! Only after 8 weeks into her program, Marisa has lost 20lbs. She has been incredibly dedicated to her program and looks amazing!


Click here to fill out the online application and let’s get you closer to your weight loss goals in just a few short months!

Your Qualitarian Nutritionist & Wellness Coach, 
Samantha, RHN



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My 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Got a super health conscious and nutrition obsessed foodie on your Christmas list this year?

I’m sure we all have someone on our list that is difficult to buy for. Especially if they happen to be someone that is concerned about what they eat, they body care they use and is only interested in paleo-vegan-quality-type recipe books. 

Trust me, even the people I know really well (um, like my boyfriend), I still have a hard time shopping for!! Christmas shopping can be a hard task and I’m all for getting people gifts that will add value to their lives and are health conscious options. Hope the options below inspire your gift giving:

  1. Living Libations – The Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever is my favourite skin care oil, ever! It’s my everything! Nadine Artemis, the beauty behind this incredible line, sources out the best oils and everything is super high quality and beyond natural. From skin care, to dental care, non toxic perfumes and men’s products, you will love everything about this company from the moment you infuse your skin and senses. 
  2. Pure + Simple – I just had to include another skin care line, because let’s face it, women love skin care and want their skin to be vibrant and healthy. Plus, who want’s chemicals, toxins and hormone disruptors seeping in through their skin? Not me! Pure + Simple has incredible all natural toners, cleaners, skin oils, makeup and suncare products. Plus, they have some amazing gift packs available this time of year. 
  3. Grovemade – Using natural woods and a ton of heart and love, Grovemade crafts beautiful products. We’re talking, iPhone cases, laptop cases, computer stands, lamps, cool desk accessories and one very awesome watch! If you have a techie in your life that is glued to their iPhone or laptop all day, these amazing gifts may be right up their alley. 
  4. Salty Kisses & Hippie Floss Oil – my very own line of all natural and holistic dental products. Of course these are all natural and toxin free; I wouldn’t have it any other way. From whitening teeth, to reducing tooth sensitivity, strengthening gums and preventing cavities, I promise you’ll love these products from the very moment you use them. I often hear from customers that after their very first use, they feel like they just left the dentists chair. Yup.. you’re teeth will feel that clean!
  5. Chocolate – I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate. Two brands I love are Giddy Yoyo and Sacred Chocolate. Both contain only the best, most natural ingredients used in their raw state. These make for great stocking stuffers and being that there are so many incredible flavours to choose from, I guarantee there’s a flavour for everyone. 
  6. Undiet Cookbook – the best part about this shopping guide is that I know the people behind most of the companies I’ve listed and my dear friend Meghan Telpner, is the amazing women behind this delicious book. You can grab your copy on or in the U.S. on It’s full of over 130 of the most amazing plant based recipes and will satisfy the vegan or paleo foodie in your life. 
  7. eCookbooks & Health Guides – If you’re more of techie and enjoy reading your books off your iPad (which is great for travelling), you can grab many of my ebooks on my shop page. From simple detoxes, to healthy holiday desserts and living the Qualitarian Life, you’ll find lots of great info about health, wellness, weight loss and of course, delicious and gluten free recipes. 
  8. Essential Oils – I diffuse oils in my house daily as well as use them on my skin and to clean the house. Oh! I even use them to do laundry! Ok, so, I use them often! From incredible quality oils, to diffusers and xmas gift sets, doTerra has an amazing selection to choose from. P.S. If there’s one oil you buy for your skin, make it Frankincense. It’s healing, nourishing, and full of anti-aging nutrients. 
  9. Animals – Yes, I mean real live furry cute animals. With so many animals needing homes, Christmas is the perfect time to adopt a pet and give an animal a loving home forever. Head on over to your nearest animal shelter or humane society with your family and adopt a pet today! 
  10. Health – YES!! Nothing better than giving the gift of health! I have gift certificates available for my services and my Metabolic Weight Loss Program. If you’re looking to help a friend or family member get healthy in the new year and get back into their skinny jeans, send me an email at and we can arrange to send you a gift certificate.

Aside from these amazing ideas and gift options, there are much more simpler gifts you can choose to give, such as, cooking your partner a nice meal, baking homemade granola and packaging it mason jars with cute bows, heading out to go ice skating with your family with some homemade hot chocolate in hand or donating to a family in need or your favourite charity. 

Either way, I hope your gift giving and holiday shopping doesn’t stress you out too much! Have other companies and gift giving ideas you’d like to share? Post in the comments below and let me know 🙂 

Happy Shopping!


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Vanilla Coffee Cellulite Body Scrub

Oh yes! Coffee and vanilla together!

Not to drink (although, technically this recipe is fully edible), but to slather on your skin and reap the benefits of tightening and toning. 

Crazy right? To think we can rub some coffee on our skin and all of sudden have our cellulite and dimply skin disappear? Ok, well, not exactly, but it does help. 

Coffee, in particular caffeine, dehydrates the skin, making it look tighter and toned. It’s basically the enemy to cellulite, making it the perfect addition to a body scrub. Plus, you’ll smell like a decadent latte. 

Last week on the blog, I wrote about estrogen dominance and how many beauty care products contain estrogen mimicking compounds. These compounds enter our body through our skin and wreak havoc on our hormones, increasing estrogen in our system and creating an imbalance. 

From period issues, to acne, to heavy bleeding and weight gain, especially around the stomach, hips and under the arms, estrogen dominance is no joke. However, we can eliminate our exposure to estrogen (also know as xenoestrogens) by ditching our generic make up brands and body care products (which unfortunately, contain some pretty nasty ingredients!). 

This is why making your own beauty care is so essential. Not to mention, cost effective and healthier for your body and hormones.

With a few simple ingredients and leftover coffee grounds from your coffeemaker, you can whip up this decadent body scrub that will help to banish your cellulite and moisturize skin at the same time.

Vanilla Coffee Cellulite Body Scrub
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1/4 cup coffee grounds (use from your coffee maker!)
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 4-6 drops vanilla essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Transfer mixture to a container or mason jar.
  3. To Use - scrub onto skin before showering, focusing on cellulite prone areas. Rinse off and repeat 4-5 times a week for best results.
  1. *Feel free to use your favourite essential oil or leave it out altogether.
  2. *You can also swap the olive oil for coconut oil
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Vampire Immune Elixir

Ok, so I’ll admit; Vampire Immune Elixir sounds pretty weird right? Actually, I think it’s pretty damn cool, but then again, I”m totally bias to my creations 🙂 

This immune elixir is awesome, but I’ll be the first to admit, it doesn’t taste like candy. In fact, when I took the first sip from it the other day, after it had been fermenting for over a month, I thought for sure it was going to taste a lot stronger than it did. 

But truthfully, it wasn’t so bad. And a teaspoon a day is really all you need to help prevent the cold and flu, fend off vampires (ie. bacteria, fungus and parasites), strengthen your immune system, and support detoxification. 

Yes, this powerful drink can do all of that!

Every morning it’s a ritual in our home that my boyfriend and I start our day with warm water and apple cider vinegar. And if you’re unaware of all the benefits of apple cider vinegar, then read this post here. 

From digestion, to liver support and gorgeous glowing skin, apple cider vinegar has many incredible benefits. I decided our morning drink needed a boost and so, the Vampire Immune Elixir was born!

So why vampire? Well, this elixir is loaded with garlic, an antibacterial powerhouse that is amazing for immunity and overall health. And garlic helps to fend off vampires right? Well, I learned that from watching the Lost Boys when I was younger.

As a side note, I used to know this man who ate a raw garlic clove everyday for over 30 years. He was in his 70’s and let me just tell you, his skin was amazing!

So what other benefits does this elixir offer? Well since it’s loaded with ginger, garlic and spicy cayenne, it helps to heat and warm your body, detox your system and improve circulation. Stimulating blood flow is important as this helps to flush toxins and waste through your body. 

I also added some anticancer turmeric to this mix, along with raw honey, sea salt, rosemary, lemon and of course, lots of apple cider vinegar. 

You’ll need to let this ferment for roughly 30 days to help increase the potency and being that this is an old folk remedy, you can pretty much use whatever herbs and spices you’d like. The fermentation process turns this elixir into a cold and flu fighting nutrition powerhouse! Be sure to store it in a warm place (I put mine in the cupboard) and left it for for just over a month, roughly 40 days. 

Make this Vampire Immune Elixir today so by the time Christmas rolls around and the busyness of the holidays, you’ll be prepared to keep your immune system strong and stay healthy!

Vampire Immune Elixir
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 large piece ginger root, roughly chopped
  2. 5-6 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  3. 3-inch piece turmeric root (or add in 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric)
  4. 1/2 white onion, roughly chopped (optional)
  5. 2 tsp cayenne pepper or 1 whole jalapeño pepper
  6. 2 organic lemons, sliced
  7. 2 cinnamon sticks
  8. 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  9. 500ml raw apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’)
  10. 500ml spring water
  11. 1/2 tbsp raw honey
  12. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  1. Fill a 1L glass mason jar with all ingredients (herbs + spices). Fill half the mason jar with apple cider vinegar (roughly 500ml) and the remaining with spring water. Add in honey and sea salt. Be sure all the herbs and spices are completely covered with liquid. Cover the top with a piece of parchment paper, then put on the lid and close tightly.
  2. Store in a cupboard, out of the light, in a warm space. If you can remember to give it a shake every few days, that would be good! Otherwise, let it sit for 1 month to ferment. When ready, strain out the herbs + spices and pour the liquid into a clean mason jar.
  3. Every morning take 1 tsp of your Vampire Immune Elixir. Keep it stored in the fridge. It will last for 3-4 months.
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Coffee. How Bad is it for Your Health?

I’m sure the last thing you wanted to hear was that it’s time to ditch your coffee.

Well, I’m not totally saying that, so hear me out.

Your morning java is probably one of those times during your day where you are actually pretty darn happy. That first sip is pretty blissful right? I know the feeling. I love coffee just as much as the next person, but hormonally speaking, it’s not always the best option.

You see, caffeine is very stimulating and after getting 7-8 hours of sleep and cellular rejuvenation, caffeine literally shuts down your body. It also has the ability to affect your organs, bowels, and detoxification abilities. Plus, it over stimulates your heart first thing in the morning. Not good!

But here’s something else you may not have known… caffeine works by affecting your body’s ability to break down adrenaline. That’s why you feel energized from it. So if you’re suffering with adrenal fatigue and happen to be a stress case, coffee just isn’t your friend. Those poor adrenals of yours just won’t have the opportunity to ever heal. 

And if you’re feeling tired and sluggish and using coffee to ‘wake you up’ numerous times throughout the day, then this is a bad sign. Using coffee to overstimulate your adrenals (adrenaline) is no good! 

Aside from adrenaline, caffeine also raises other substances in the body such as, interleukin-6, TNF, C-reactive protein and homocysteine, all of which are inflammatory compounds.

A Greek study from 2004 that involved over 3,000 participants found that those consuming 200 ml of coffee, roughly two cups a day, had between 28 and 50 percent higher levels of three kinds of inflammatory markers compared to non-coffee drinkers.

Not to mention, coffee also raises blood pressure, which I’m going to guess is probably already high if you’re a chronic stress case.

So what are your adrenal glands anyways?

Your adrenals are known as “the glands of stress.” It is their job to help manage how your body reacts to stress. From environment, food choices, emotional, mental, physical and physiological impacts, your adrenals can be bombarded with a variety of stressors, some good, some bad.

Adrenal hormones have a significant impact on every tissue, organ and gland in the body. If you are highly stressed or manage stress ineffectively, these tiny glands can become overworked which in turn will cause hormonal chaos. From here, a variety of issues can develop, such as: reproductive problems, heart issues, brain issues, fatigue, digestive upsets and chronic infections.

So what’s a coffee connoisseur supposed to do?

Well, a few things…

First, you can start by having your coffee after breakfast. Making sure you nourish your body with some good food first is important.

Second, be sure to get in your dose of coffee before 2pm. Enjoying a cup too late in the day can affect your sleep cycles. And if you’re thinking about ditching coffee altogether, I would start by cutting back by one cup at a time. Start slow. Focus on cutting back just one cup for 5 days staight. Then another cup the following 5 days and so on, until you’re down to zero!

It’s common to experience headaches while cutting back on coffee. Give yourself a few days and this will subside. Increase your water intake, incorporate a fresh pressed juice and support your body with nutritious foods to help your body recoup faster. In the end, it will be worth it! Your adrenals will start to work more efficiently, meaning your body will be better able to handle stress.

There are also numerous herbal teas you can also try, such as: green tea, honeybush, nettle, peppermint, yerba mate, lemon balm and so many more! In fact, you can try my favourite coffee alternative called Dandy Blend. It’s amazing! Every coffee lover who has tried it has not complained yet! 

Dandy Blend is a blend of herbs plus dandelion. It contains no caffeine, is GMO free and tastes like a delicious cup of coffee. Trust me, it’s really good. You can order some from (use the discount code – SAMG at checkout to save 10%). 

Now before you carry on with your day feeling sad and depressed because you think you can never enjoy a cup of coffee again, there is some good news!

 On the positive side, coffee contains high amounts of antioxidants that help to support cellular repair and are great for mental focus and concentration. And because it has a direct impact on adrenaline, coffee is great for athletes and their performance. Having a cup of coffee before hitting the gym can improve your exercise performance and endurance and is a great way to allow your body to utilize the adrenaline and caffeine in your system.

It’s also important to mention that if you do continue to drink your cup of java everyday, quality is important! Like really important. 

Coffee is very high on the pesticide radar, plus many cheap coffees on the market contain a common mould, known as mycotoxins. The last thing you want to be doing is drinking down a cup of pesticides and mould! Yuck!

So be sure to purchase organic, fair trade coffee. It’s also important to know how the beans were harvested, where they were harvested, whether they were hand-picked, and how they were roasted. These are just a few things to look for when sourcing a high quality coffee.

So coffee lovers, I want to hear from you! Thinking about ditching your daily cup of goodness? Or at least cutting back?

What are some of your favourite coffee brands? Share in the comments below. 

You can find more coffee info, plus a ton of delicious coffee alternative recipes in my book The Qualitarian Life. 



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Non-Toxic Lemon Multipurpose Cleaner

Toxins are everywhere, whether we like it or not. 

In our body care products, food, homes, in the air we breathe and in our house hold cleaning products. 

When it comes to cleaning our house, not only should it be hassle free, but safe too! Between animals and kids licking, touching and coming into contact with just about everything, we should be extra cautious with the products we use in our home. 

This is why I love using essential oils and making my own non-toxic cleaning products. 

Not only is it safe and toxin free, but it’s cheap!

By using a few common household ingredients, you can whip up a multipurpose cleaner for your entire house and in turn, ditch the chemicals that are lurking in many common brands. 

These chemicals enter into our blood stream through our skin and create internal chaos. From disrupting our hormones, to damaging the gut lining, to inflammation and overloading our liver, our bodies need to work extremely hard at eliminating these chemicals. 

And our bodies need to do this everyday, all day. Every minute of every day our bodies (our liver in particular) needs to work hard to eliminate toxins. It’s a very intense and exhausting process, especially if you’re using toxic products and eating toxic food day in and day out. 

Our livers can easily become overworked and overwhelmed. 

But the good news is that my 21-Day Delicious Detox is launching on Wednesday September 9th (mark your calendars), and it contains a full 3 week meal plan and delicious recipes that help to support your liver, gently eliminate toxins and maintain optimal hormonal health. Food is healing and that’s just what this detox is all about. Healing your health and igniting your energy so you can take on the world (and all the toxins that come with it!). 

Plus, by joining the 21-Day Delicious Detox, you’ll get access to my Essential Guide to Detoxing eBook which contains a ton of information and protocols for supporting gut health, optimizing liver health and truly understanding how detoxification works and what you can do everyday to support your body. It’s a thorough guide and contains many protocols you can easily include everyday. 

Also, I’ll be gifting you with my Qualitarian Life ebook, which is a comprehensive guide that dives deep into how to optimize your diet, sleep, sex life and most importantly, it contains a detailed chapter on all things body care! Yup, I show you exactly how to create your own non-toxic body care products and household products, like laundry detergent, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners and so much more! detoxpromobooks

It’s crazy to me that there no laws requiring manufacturers of cleaning products to list harmful ingredients on labels or test them for safety. So it’s up to you to keep your home safe.

That’s why my non-toxic lemon multipurpose cleaner is amazing! It’s a natural disinfectant and can tackle many household messes! 

Non-Toxic Lemon Multipurpose Cleaner
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  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup white vinegar
  3. ¼ cup witch hazel
  4. 20 drops lemon essential oil
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle. Use a funnel to make the pouring easier, but it’s not necessary. Shake before each use.
  1. *Use this cleaner throughout your kitchen and bathroom on everything from floors, mirrors, counter tops and appliances, but not on granite or marble counter tops! These surfaces are porous and can be damaged easily with acidic ingredients like vinegar or harsh chemicals like bleach.
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