Foodie Fridays! The Slimming Sip: The Best Way To Start Your Day

Welcome to the new way to start your day! You’ll be sipping on what I like to call The Slimming Sip.

It’s a recipe taken right out of my ebook, The Qualitarian Life, which is a 21 day program geared to overhaul your health and your life.

On day 2 of our healthy overhaul, I introduce everyone to this amazing drink. You might already be familiar with it and if you’ve joined in on one of my community detoxes, than you know I have everyone drink it first thing in the morning.

This incredible metabolism-boosting drink will wake up your gorgeous cells! You’ll feel energized, alert and most importantly, get that metabolism revving into high gear.

Lemon first thing in the morning will help to stimulate bile release, detox your liver and improve detoxification for the whole day. You may have a bowel movement after drinking your slimming sip, which is a good thing! Let’s get those bowels working first thing in the morning to eliminate yesterday’s waste.

Cinnamon and cayenne are also two incredible ingredients in this recipe and both are great for boosting metabolism! Cayenne especially will help to ‘heat’ up your body and turn on your internal thermostat. This will help to raise your core temperature. In other words, burn calories!

Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and is a great antibacterial. It can help to kill off little pesky bugs that live in your gut that could potentially cause immune complications, bloating, gas and digestive upsets. 

Apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in the Slimming Sip. I’m sure you already own a bottle!

You can use ACV for so many things! This potent vinegar can help to get rid of dandruff, be used as a clarifying shampoo and is great for balancing the pH of your skin by using it as a toner. It can also help to stimulate HCl (hydrochloric acid) which can help with digestion. Plus, more HCl will help to eliminate bloating and heartburn from certain foods. Click here to read the 7 reasons why you need to drink apple cider vinegar. 

So now, onto the recipe. It’s potent and will definitely take some time getting used to. Many of my Spring Detoxers have come to love this drink and include it as a part of their morning routine. Plus, they’ve all experienced less bloating, less gas and better overall digestion. In fact, one of my clients completely eliminated her heartburn and use of antacids just by drinking ACV on the regular. Click here to learn more about my Spring Detox

It’s time to get sipping!

The Slimming Sip
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  1. 1-2 cups warm water (I like using Spring Water)
  2. 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  3. Juice of half a lemon
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Stir all ingredients together and drink first thing in the morning.
  2. *Cayenne is quite strong, so if you find you can’t tolerate the cayenne, go without it at first. Or start with less, and work your way up to more.
  3. *To blend this drink thoroughly, you can add all ingredients into a blender and blend, or add to a shaker bottle and give it a good shake to combine the ingredients really well.
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7 Reasons Why Apple Cider Vinegar Needs To Be In Your Daily Routine

A glass of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "mother".

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been a part of my daily routine for a few months now and I know Sam loves recommending this gem to many of her clients as well. I originally started consuming apple cider vinegar to help with my candida and then soon learnt the several other health benefits. 

Here are 7 reasons YOU need to start incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily routine:

  1. Eliminates Candida – For anyone who has experienced or is experiencing candida- like symptoms, you know it’s not pleasant. Symptoms of poor memory, brain fog, fatigue, irritability and intense sugar cravings are not fun. You need to be consuming foods that are going to help eliminate these symptoms so you can feel your optimal best. The naturally occurring enzymes in apple cider vinegar actually help flush the overgrowth of yeasts from your body making it an ideal candida eliminating ‘supplement.’ 
  1. Reduces Congestion and Stuffy Nose – Apple cider vinegar thins mucus and helps break up any congestion. So next time you have a stuffy nose, try taking apple cider vinegar repeatedly throughout the day to help loosen the mucus. 1-2 teaspoons in warm water throughout the day should do the trick. 
  1. Improves Digestion – Consume a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water before a meal to help aid in digestion and breakdown food. It stimulates the digestive juices and get’s everything flowing the way it should.
  1. Improves Low Stomach Acid – In today’s world this is a bigger problem than we think. So many people have low stomach acid that studies suggest up to 90% of people suffer from this in North America, which means they are having serious issues with constipation and indigestion. As we age, our stomach acid naturally decreases causing issues with digestion. Top that with the high consumption of dairy products, low quality meat, processed foods, nicotine exposure, antibiotic usage, drinking chlorinated water and stress and you’ve got yourself an impaired digestive nightmare! Apple Cider Vinegar helps correct low stomach acid problems, so drink up.
  1. Boosts the Immune System – Apple cider vinegar has a component called malic acid, which is anti viral. Consuming it regularly is going to boost the immune system, therefore reducing your chances of catching a cold. Improving the friendly bacteria in your gut through continuous usage of ACV also increases the body’s immune function. 
  1. Beautiful Skin – Apple cider vinegar helps balance the skins pH. We tend to be more on the acidic side due to environmental pollutions, consumption of low quality dairy and meat, chemical exposure etc., so it is important to incorporate alkalinizing foods into your diet, ACV being one of them! 
  1. The Liver Loves it – Think detox! The liver simply loves apple cider vinegar and the liver has huge responsibilities in the body. Its job is to practically filter out all of the toxins and waste products from the blood. That’s a big job when we come in contact with the high amount of toxins in any given day. We can give our liver a bit of loving help by consuming apple cider vinegar, which will help cleanse the liver and enhance the detoxification process.

Apple Cider Vinegar should be diluted in a ’10 to 1 ratio’ (10 part water and 1 part vinegar). It is important to use raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the “mother” to receive the full benefits that this vinegar has to offer. We love and trust the Omega Nutrition Brand, Bragg’s and Eden Organic which you can find at any health food store. 

Stephanie xo

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