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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 Amazon.ca or in the U.S. on Amazon.com. 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 samanthagladish@gmail.com 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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My Favourite Morning Smoothie

I’m pretty obsessed with my green smoothies in the morning. Over the years as I was constantly revamping my diet and trying new super foods, I gravitated towards making a green smoothie because it was 1. easy to thrown all my ingredients into a blender and drink it and 2. it’s just damn tasty and it makes me feel like a rock star!

Don’t you want to feel like a rock start? 

I’m always asked what kind of blender and juicer I use…

Blender – Vitamix (which I’ve had now for almost 10 years!)
Juicer – Omega (which I got almost 2 years ago and love)

But I love my vitamix more only because it’s less hassle to clean 🙂

But… juicing is better, right? Or is blending?

Another question I get asked often. 

With blending you preserve all the fiber and juicing you extract all the fiber. That’s why its a juice. The pulp is separated and you’re left with a pure, clean juice. Obviously you want to juice veggies to obtain the most nutrients content that will supercharge your cells upon drinking. Due to the fiber being removed, the absorbability of a juice is much faster. 

As for blending, the pulp is kept in tact and you drink it. Nothing wrong with that! The pulp/fiber will help slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream and is more satiating. 

So..which one is better? I say do both! Personally, I include both smoothies and juices in my diet. If I’m heading out the door to a meeting or off for a super busy day, I’m probably not going to juice. It’s not as filling and my tummy will be wanting to eat soon after. In this case, I’d rather make a smoothie and load it with fruits, veggies, protein, fiber and healthy fats. This is filling!

But what if you combine the two?? Yup! Combine them!

That’s what I’ve started to do and I’m officially obsessed with this blend. It’s so fuelling, energizing, invigorating, healthy, nutritious and yummy!

Due to my juicer being low speed, it prevents oxidation and the juice can actually be stored for up to 72 hours. So what I like to do is make a big batch of fresh pressed juice, use some right away, and then store the rest in the fridge overnight to use again tomorrow. 

Bonus is that I don’t have to juice everyday, but I get to enjoy the benefits.

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So here’s what I’ve been juicing, which I use as a base for my smoothie:

Juice (makes 4-5 cups)

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root
  • 1 lemon

I add 1-2 cups of this to my vitamix blender and add in:

  • Half a banana
  • Handful of mixed greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 avocado (optional, but adds extra creaminess)
  • 1 cup spring water (optional, depending on your preference of thickness)

Blend together and enjoy!

Your energizing Juice-Smoothie! It’s loaded with silica, potassium, omega 3’s, protein, vitamin B12, vitamin C, fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin E. It doesn’t get any better than that. Plus, it tastes SO good!

Happy Juicing and Blending!

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and energizing smoothie recipes, My Qualitarian Cookbook is full of them! From juices to smoothies and healing elixirs, you’ll find a ton of nourishing and healthy recipes. Check it out HERE. 

Samantha xoxo 

 

 

 

 

 

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Underground Wellness Podcast

Less than a year ago, I contacted Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness via Facebook and told him how much I loved his podcast. I remember it was a hot August day and I was thinking how exciting it would be to be a guest expert on his show one day. Well…that day came, and it came faster than I ever would have expected!

Underground Wellness is one of THE biggest health podcasts and I am extremely grateful to Sean for inviting me on his show and for really helping me to finish my eBooks and get my message out to the world!

My eBooks, The Qualitarian Life and The Qualitarian Cookbook can be purchased here – SHOP NOW. From food to nutrition, exercise, sleep, sex, and detox, I cover all areas of your life and help you to overhaul your health and your body in just 21 days! Read more about these eBooks HERE.

In case you missed the podcast, you can listen in on it here – The Qualitarian Life with Samantha Gladish or click to listen below.

You’ll learn:

* How to “brush away” cellulite while boosting muscle tone at the same time
* How the plaque in your arteries may be coming from your teeth
* The “non-toxic but problematic” ingredient lurking in your toothpaste
* My top household cleaning swaps for a toxin free home!

The feedback from the podcast has been incredible and so many people have purchased my books and are starting to live The Qualitarian Life.

Hope you enjoy the show!

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Why I’m So Proud of My Mama…

I am so proud of my mama…

Early in December my moms fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis got the best of her. She spent all of the holidays in so much pain she could barely walk. She couldn’t sleep and spent many nights crying in pain.

Years of stress, being on her feet and not taking time for herself caught up to her.

I’ve posted about my mom before, and how much I’ve learned so much from her and have taken on many of her culinary skills

You see…even though my mom is a fabulous cook and makes everything from scratch, she truly never understood what GMO’s meant, or the importance of eating organic, and the damaging effects of gluten and dairy.

So when her pain got to the point of crippling, she started to listen.

She’s been juicing, making a ton of green smoothies, eating better quality protein, lots of good quality fats, drinking a TON of water and eliminating gluten and dairy.

She’s been more conscious about purchasing organic and even threw out a bunch of her toxic household cleaning and skin care products.

She visited a rheumatology specialist who put her on a cocktail of medications which I didn’t completely agree with, but I understand that she needed the relief. This MD rolled her eyes at me when I spoke of supplements and nutrition and the mention of my Integrative Medical Doctor. Such lack of respect and support.

Then I booked her an appointment with my Doctor at the Markham Integrative Medicine Clinic. There, my mom received a 1hr consult, got an anti inflammatory supplement protocol and did a live blood cell test which showed she was severely B12 deficient.

Now…she barely has any pain. She can walk. Sleep better. Think better and she’s lost 15lbs! In her own words she told me “I feel so happy!” This all happened in a short 4 week period!

YOU…are so capable of creating the LIFE you want! It is YOUR birthright to live with abundant good health.

I hope my mother can be an inspiration for you to create positive change with your health.

You are SO WORTH IT!

Listen to the whispers of your body. My mother ignored them for years and spent weeks in agony.

Prevention is EVERYTHING.

I’m here for you xoxo

And mama….I’m so proud of you!

To Your Health & Abundance,
Samantha

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