Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

  1. DIY Christmas Coffee Scrub

    December 2, 2015 by Melanie Faris

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    For those who don’t know, my newest obsession is most definitely essential oils. I started out using cheaper brands, because who doesn’t want to save some $$?!  But after much research, I have discovered not all essential oils are created equal. I thought I was doing no harm using any old bottle of essential oil – besides, they were labelled “pure”…little did I know, most oils are FAR from pure, even though they claim to be 100% essential oil. Don’t go there girlfriend!

    I won’t get into the great debate of essential oils in this post, however, I DO want to mention my essential oils of choice – Young Living. This is the brand I trust in my home, for my baby, and on my body. Period. They are pure therapeutic grade oils. 100% goodness in a little bottle that is a piece of Heaven on earth. One smell and you will be convinced.

    With the Christmas season upon us, I wanted to do a post for all of my DIY fans! Woohoo! This is a cheap and LOVED Christmas gift that is sooooo easy to make. Go buy yourself some little mason jars and ribbon, and your cute little jar is ready to be filled with awesomeness. Your skin will thank you – Trust me! And so will the person you are gifting this to…if you don’t keep it for yourself ;).

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    Step 1. Grab a bowl

    Step 2. Mix everything in it (see pic above)

    Step 3. Package it up & give it away

    Seriously. It’s that easy! Now go do it ūüėČ

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    I keep one of these jars in my shower so I can scrub away at my trouble areas. I swear my skin is the smoothest, silkiest and nicest it has ever been after my showers. I love this mixture. Ps. You can try this scrub with peppermint or citrus oils. They all smell wonderful!

    If you are interested in purchasing Young Living Oils and want to save 24% off retail pricing, send me a message on Facebook, email me (info@melaniefaris.com) or comment below. I would love to get you started!

    Have a Merry Christmas!!

    Melanie Faris

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  2. The Christmas Pooch & How to Avoid It!

    December 23, 2013 by Melanie Faris

    Well we all know what this feels like… Your pants begin to feel tight and you are constantly doing the good ‘ol belly tuck. You feel slightly uncomfortable with the new friend you made (pooch), who now rests on your belt buckle. You begin to question the food choices you have made over the past month and wonder if it is all worth it. This friend is getting annoying. But hey, it is Christmas right? Doesn’t everyone enjoy treats during this time?¬†Sure, a treat once in a while is fine! But if you eat too much of the Holiday food, pooch might be here to stay for a while. But what if I told you some tips to keep pooch at bay? Or even avoid meeting him all together?…

    With Christmas only a couple of days away, we all are beginning to drool over the thought of the delicious food that is going to be served. I know for me, I plan to enjoy the food right from bacon, eggs and pancakes at breakfast, to after dinner deserts. There is no question in my mind that Christmas is not a time for my diet to be on key. But with that being said, I want to eat all of this delicious food without gaining any Christmas weight.  Is it possible?!

    I’m not here to tell you how much junk you can eat on Christmas without gaining weight (because simply, that’s not realistic). But, I AM going to give you some tips that you can start today to avoid meeting pooch, the not so friendly friend.

    Tip #1.

     

    Don’t skip breakfast.

    I know you are trying to cut down before Christmas day, but this is not a good idea. Your body needs fuel. I can’t say this enough – unless you don’t mind the sound of your stomach sounding like a rock band. Whenever I hear the sounds of my stomach grumbling, I feel like my hard-earned muscle is melting away. I hate that sound! Remember – you want to have a high metabolism to burn off that Christmas food. More muscle = higher metabolism. Your muscles need food to survive, and starving yourself will not help. Don’t do it! I’m begging you!! Personally, I would never skip breakfast. Here’s what I would eat:

    You might have to skip out on buttering your toast or eating all the egg yolks. You can eat as much as you want of this on Christmas day! 

    Here’s what I would eat:¬†

    Begin with a large glass of water. Drink it all!

    1 whole egg + 3 eggs whites scrambled with mushrooms, onion & spinach. (Use coconut oil for cooking.)

    1 slice of Ezekiel bread (dry). 

    1/2 cup of berries

    1 coffee with almond milk and stevia

    Satisfying, filling & delicious. The perfect breakfast to start your day off on the right foot!

    Tip # 2.

     

    Don’t save your exercise for your New Year’s resolution. Get moving now!

    There is still time before Christmas day. In my experience, I have learned that the largest muscle groups in the body need more energy (duh!). So why not exercise the largest muscles to burn the most fat? That’s what I would suggest. I know you are probably headed for the cardio machine to burn calories, but I’m not a huge fan of cardio. It is great for burning calories while you are exercising, but¬†I want my body to keep burning fat when I leave the gym too. That’s why I focus my energy mostly on strength training. Again – build muscle to boost the metabolism.

    My workout before Christmas

    *If you don’t know any of the exercises, please check online before attempting to see proper form and explanation.*

    1. Barbell or Bodyweight Squats (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)

    2. Bent-Leg Deadlifts (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)

    3. Dumbbell  or Bodyweight Walking Lunges (10 PER leg X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)

    4. Pull-ups (assisted if needed) or Lat-Pulldown (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)

    5. Lower Back Extensions (10 repetitions x 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)

    High Intensity Finale.

    (Complete each exercise one after another. Rest 1 minute after completing all the exercises once and repeat the whole thing 3 times.)

    1. Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)

    2. Jump Squats (30 seconds)

    3. Mountain climbers (30 seconds)

    4. Ab Bicycles (30 seconds)

    REST 1 Minute and REPEAT 3 TIMES

    Tip # 3

     

    Drink water. All day.

    Your body is made up of more than 50% water. It is important! Besides, you don’t need all the extra calories from sugary drinks. Make yourself a promise to cut out all sweetened drinks or beverages (including a glass of milk) before Christmas day. Water helps rid the toxins from your body, and what better time than now to help get rid of the junk before you load more in there Christmas day? Say “no” to juice, pop, milk, and coffee if you can…Or drink your coffee with unsweetened almond milk!

    So with all of my tips above, I hope you are feeling more confident and ready to face the feasts on Christmas day, without the dreaded pooch to follow. And remember – these tips aren’t only good for Christmas, but can be used for any upcoming event where you know you just can’t say “no” to the delicious food before you. Lets also remember that food is not the reason for Christmas and should not be your focus. If you keep your heart on why we are celebrating this day to begin with, I also believe you will have more willpower to say “no” to the foods that you really don’t need. The birth of a beautiful boy and our saviour, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day, not the turkey coming out of the oven. So lets celebrate with food, not for¬†food. And have a very Merry Christmas too!

    Melanie Faris.


  3. Christmas Truffle-Mint Cocoa

    December 12, 2013 by Melanie Faris

    It is already that time of year again! I can’t believe how fast December arrived. The Christmas tree is decorated and our house smells of delicious pine. There is something about this time of year that brings on my cravings for chocolate and peppermint everything! I am a dark chocolate kind of girl, and will take any excuse to eat more than I probably should. But before we know it, Christmas will be here and gone, and our excuse to overindulge in chocolate will be over. Wahh…=(

    But FEAR NOT, Melanie is here to the rescue! You no longer have to feel deprived of your chocolate, or tempted by the truffle staring you down saying, “EAT ME.” Now you can sit on your couch watching Home Alone in your pjs, while sipping on this amazing Christmas Cocoa. It tastes like you are drinking a liquid truffle!

    Home Alone and Hot Cocoa

    This hot, peppermint, chocolatey drink will leave your craving satisfied without sacrificing your health or fitness goals. I think I will leave this drink out for Santa instead of milk this year ;). The smell is incredible and it just feels like Christmas drinking it! If I could wrap it up and put it under the tree, I certainly would! Yum.

    Melanie's Peppermint Spice Hot Cocoa

    Christmas Truffle-Mint Cocoa

     

    By: Melanie Faris

    Christmas Truffle-Mint Cocoa

     

    Serves 2

    Cook Time: 10 Minutes

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes

    Ingredients

    • 3 Cups of unsweetened almond milk (Add more if the drink becomes too thick while it cooks)
    • 4 Fresh mint stems with leaves attached
    • 2 ¬Ĺ Tablespoons of raw unsweetened cacao powder
    • 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar
    • ¬Ĺ Teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • ¬ľ Teaspoon of almond extract
    • 3 Whole cloves
    • 1/4 Teaspoon of whole allspice
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
    • ¬ľ Teaspoon of sea salt

     

    Method

    Put all the ingredients, except for cacao & coconut sugar, into a small pot. Bring to a simmer and then keep heat on low for at least 10 minutes. The longer you leave it, the more infused the almond milk will become. Stir occasionally and be careful it does not boil over. Strain the liquid into a high-speed blender and throw away the soggy mint and spices. Add the cacao powder and coconut sugar to the blender and blend on high (make sure the lid is on tight). It just may become your new favourite guilt-free Christmas drink when you see how frothy it becomes! If you prefer a thicker drink, add the cacao to the pot initially and let it all cook together. The longer it cooks, the thicker it becomes (see pic below for thicker version).

    Nutrition per serving
    Calories: 150 kcals
    Carbohydrates: 25 grams
    Fat: 5 grams
    Protein: 3 grams
    Sugar: 14 grams

    Compared to Tim Horton’s Medium Size Candy Cane Hot Chocolate:
    Calories: 420 kcals

    Carbohydrates: 72 grams
    Fat: 14 grams
    Protein: 3 grams
    Sugar: 62 grams (ahhh! That’s 15 1/2 teaspoons of sugar added!)

     

    Melanie's Peppermint Spice Hot Cocoa

    Tastes best sitting by a lit Christmas tree! You can indulge in this and not have to pay for it later at the gym. 

    Merry Christmas all you chocolate lovers!