Get Your G-Tox On: Green Juice Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle

By Nikki “Fitness”  Glor

Get Your G-Tox On and Green Juice Your Way to a Healthier LifestyleAs you slowly undo the dietary damage you did over the holidays, you might want to consider what I call ‘G-toxing’— incorporating a daily green juice that replaces a meal, snack or coffee break into your routine.

Rather than doing a strict liquid diet for a few days or weeks, which can wreak havoc on your metabolism, people across the country are opting to G-tox with a concoction that consists of greens like kale and spinach, blended with fruits and nuts. It’s like drinking your salad!

Related: 3 Yoga Moves to Detox Your Holiday Naughtiness

Green Juices Are Everywhere

It used to be that you only came across a green juice at a vegan restaurant or at your hippie-yoga instructor’s house. Now you see bottled juices (like Naked and Evolution Fresh) at the supermarket, coffee shops, the gym and on the menu at mainstream restaurants. There’s even a green juice food truck outside my office in Rockefeller Center in New York City. And believe it or not, I’ve met people at parties who carried their juicer in their backpacks!

NutribulletThey also sell at-home juicers in many retail stories. My favorite is the no mess, no fuss NutriBulletwhich seems to be pretty popular. It has its ownTwitter account and over 15,000 followers.

Boost Your Liver Function

In a nation where obesity is an epidemic and there’s practically a bar on every corner, G-tox could help clean up Americans’ acts. The American Liver Foundation (ALF) warns that liver damage from alcohol is taking a back seat to Fatty Liver Disease caused by poor diets. It affects up to 25 percent of people in the United States.

“You’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking? Well, sugar is the new alcohol when it comes to liver damage,” says the ALF’s Nancy Reau, MD, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago who specializes in diagnosing and treating liver disease.

The trend of juicing once a day can be a more convenient and appealing way of getting more produce into people’s diets instead of sugar and fat.

“There are certain fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts, and other foods that help boost your liver function,” explains Dr. Reau. “If people start consuming more of these foods through green juices, we could see fewer cases of liver disease in America.”

Related: Try A Vegan Diet Cleanse For A Week

Liver Detox Recipe

Green Juice Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle-add beets to boost liver functionThere are juicing recipes for increasing your energy, brightening your skin, and boosting your immunity. If you want to cleanse your liver, Dr. Reau suggest adding the following ingredients to your next green juice:

  • Spinach or Kale
  • Beets
  • Limejuice
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Goji berries
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Coconut water

Now that you’re drinking your greens, you’ll be glowing from the inside out.

Nicole Glor – NikkiFItness – is a fitness expert based in NYC, author of The Slimnastics Workout, and the star of 9 fitness DVDs including her new Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout DVD. You can follow her onFacebook and Twitter and get free newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs.

The Blood Type Workout

A Workout Customized for Your Blood Type!

Imagine if your doctor, nutritionist and personal trainer all got together with a plan to help you lose weight and de-​​stress.… this dream come true is a brand new workout system just launched that is a customized for your DNA, and it has never been done before.

The blood type is a powerful genetic fingerprint, and there is a chemical reaction to food you eat, workouts and your blood.

The Blood Type Workout (www​.bloodtypeworkout​.com) has just launched this month. The kit contains a blood type test, stability ball, sand weights, exercise bands, and at least 3 DVDs for each type A, B, AB, O, and advice from doctors and nutritionists, Dr Joseph Christiano and Dina Khadar who wrote the Blood Type Diet.

I had the pleasure of creating an original workout video for one of the types, I did a walking-​​based cardio workout for one of the type AB DVDs. Here is a segment from Fox & Friends showing some of the moves. Segment here!

Below is a brief descriptions of the workouts for each type:

Type O — The most common blood type in the world was also the first, going back to the caveman and hunter — fight and filght.. The basic O is an athlete. O’s have more physical strength, and need exercise to release stress, worries, fears and anxieties. stress goes directly to your muscles. Need explosions of intense physical energy like plyometrics. More than any other blood type, Os rely on physical exercise to maintain physical health and emotional balance.

Type A — Heightened cortisol levels make it harder to recover from stress, derived in history from the first farmers. Need focus and calming effects. Yoga/​Pilates/​/​Tai Chi. Protect the joints. Avoid overtraining aerobics and weight.

Type B – Nomads in history. To maintain the mind/​body balance that is unique to Type B’s, not too aerobically intense, have an element of mental challenge and involve other people. Exercise modalities: low impact aerobics, weight training, martial arts, swimming, cycling and tennis.

Type AB — More modern life created this newest and most rare blood type, result of intermingling rather than environment. Resemble Type O in your tendency to overproduce adrenaline. Yet you also have the additional complexity of Type B’s you suffer the physical consequences of high emotions. Your greatest danger is the tendency to internalize your emotions, especially anger. Exercise modalities appropriate for ABs are: walking based cardio, dance, stretching, hiking, swimming, cycling, golf, tai chi, Yoga.

Fitness — fit it in and work out out right for your type!
www.bloodtypeworkout.com

Yoga Poses for a Good Night Sleep

Yoga for sleep

Clean the kitchen, wash face, brush teeth, put on PJs and then focus on your breath. Deep inhale 10 sec, deep exhale 10 secs.

These poses are designed to bring your senses inward and to stretch the areas that are most prone to tension, so your mind and body will feel relaxed.
You can even do these in bed…

First, warm the spine and hit reset, up on all fours in cat/cow pose.

1)Seated heart opener/camel

2)Dolphin/puppy

3)seated bound angle/rocking back massage/reclined bound angle

4)Reclined spinal twist

5)Legs up the wall and return focus on the breath, 10 seconds in and 10 out.

See the poses demonstrated, and why these are the best for a sound sleep, on my TV segment from Fox&Friends First.
NikkiFItness Yoga for Sleep on Fox & Friends FIrst
Fitness, fit it in for sleep.

Fall Back Into Great Fitness Habits-With These Finds!

Getting back into fitness or maintaining your drive during the changing seasons can be as easy as offering up some helpful ‘finds’ to get you motivated along the way.

GalTime fitness expert, Nikki Glor, offers us some of her favorite “Fall Finds” which keep her going.


Sweet Treat in Fall Colors That Won’t Break The Workout

Welch’s® Fruit Snacks (1.75 oz pouch is $.89)
Sometimes you just need that little taste of sweetness after a meal. Welch’s has created delicious little snacks in 10 assorted varieties of berry and grape gummies that curb your craving without the guilt. Every snack pack is made with real fruit and fruit juices, is fat free, gluten free, and contains no preservatives. They have 35 percent less sugar than other similar fruit snacks, contain 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E. I prefer the convenient new 1.75 oz Single Serve pouch (only 80 calories) which I sometimes share with my toddler when he is good. This way we both avoid the cookies and ice cream calling us from the kitchen!

 

Rock the Yoga Mat and Running Trail in Orange, Red and Green

The Girls Apparel
I first discovered this company years ago when I bought their adorable Yoga socks with cute poses on them. Now i wear their workout pants when I have to be in front of class teaching “Read Attitude” or “Booty Camp” classes in NYC. They boost your booty. The Girls Apparel have the most fashionable socks leggings and other workout clothing around, but don’t just take my word for it. Katherine Heigl, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Nikki Reed and many others are flocking to The Girls Apparel brand. Their super-comfy clothes are constructed with the highest quality yarns and just the right formula of nylon and spandex. After decades of producing women’s clothing and studying precisely where women want more support, The Girls™ developed the Blu-Tec Control System™ to slim, shape and contour the body in just the right places. Found only in The Girls™ Tummy Control styles, this special power mesh system is discreetly placed inside the clothing invisible to the rest of the world so only you know it is there. The best part is all the apparel is under $40 and available at major retailers such as Target, Sears and online! Every time I leave a sweat session at the gym or on a run, feeling dirty and in need of a shower, someone stops me for a compliment! Not to comment on my gross hair, but to ask where I got my orange tie-dyed leggings. It makes your endorphin workout high feel even better!

Tees by Tina
Unable to find the perfect tees to take her from working out to work, Tina, a certified Pilates Instructor and fashionista, came up with the idea for her seamless apparel collection. Made with seamless yarn that has a high level of stretch and recovery capabilities, the line always retains it shape, no matter what your size. Tees by Tina has attracted an impressive celebrity following with their affordably priced collection ($17-$110) including Stacy Keibler, Molly Sims and Maria Menounos. Don’t let the name fool you–they have much more than Tees. Aside from offering my favorite orange yoga leggings, their workout tank tops are so chic and comfy you’ll never want to take them off!I have worn the red and green ones already this month, and the black tank goes straight from under my suit jacket at the office into the yoga room or treadmill!

Motivate to Melt Fat and Work Out Longer
(MacMillan Audiobooks $20-30 dollars each)
I love an upbeat music playlist probably even more than the next person, but certain audiobooks make me put Madonna and Maroon 5 on hold.
The nonstop twists and turns in Hank Phillipi Ryan’s THE OTHER WOMAN will have listeners pushing through their workouts to find out how the action-packed mystery unfolds. The narrator, Ilyana Kadushin, keeps the pacing tight and the suspense level high, while Ryan’s leading lady represents a new breed of tough, fearless, shrewd problem solvers who will inspire anyone to be the absolute best that they can be. You’ll soon find that your normal 3 mile jog has turned into an effortless 6 mile calorie-torching run, and you’ll want to hit the bike before bed to get to the next chapter. Other titles on my list for fall jogs in the park: Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader, Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Rogue by Mark Sullivan, and Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury.

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert on Fox & Friends, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the new book “SLIMNASTICS”, a fitness columnist for Military.com and a spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

 

Review of the NikkiFitness “Slimnastics” Workout Book

ForeWord Clarion Review

HEALTH & FITNESS

The Slimnastics Workout: The Intense, No-Equipment Routine Combining Gymnastics,
Plyometrics, and Advanced Yoga

Nicole Glor
CreateSpace
978-1-4664-9730-6
Five Stars (out of Five)

The Slimnastics Workout is an exercise guide that packs a wealth of instruction, motivation, and
coaching into a mere 128 pages. Author Nicole Glor is a yoga teacher, fitness boot-camp
instructor, and former cheerleader. She is also an online columnist. All these skills together have
allowed her to design a powerful program that is clearly and succinctly explained.

Slimnastics combines stretching and strength-building moves from yoga with balance and
agility routines from gymnastics, and adds an intense cardio workout in the form of plyometric
exercises such as jumping jacks and mountain climbers. Glor recognizes that this is elite-level
training, and she presents it in stages that help the novice build strength and endurance. Best of
all, she offers intelligent and heartfelt motivation drawn from her work with military families.
“Work out because you can!” is Glor’s personal fitness mantra, a reminder that exercise should
be a celebration of a person’s capabilities.

This book is terrific—slim and compact, with no self-help fluff and no diet plan. The
focus is on the workout. For the athletic reader, there may be a few times when assuming a yoga
posture feels a bit like playing Twister, but the photos are clear and instructive. There are
additional materials available online, including seven workout DVDs, but the quantity of
information in the book itself is impressive, and more than enough to get started. There is also a
“down and dirty” routine that works all of the major muscle groups in very little time and is ideal
to use while traveling.

Readers who are new to fitness may take comfort in Glor’s story of returning to exercise
after being sidelined for three months by medical issues. For the first time in her life, simply
running on a treadmill felt awful. Glor developed sympathy for people who stop after two weeks
of workouts, but she knows from experience that sticking with an exercise program pays lifelong
dividends.

The Slimnastics Workout is artfully designed. The typeface is easy to read, and tear-out
sheets for motivation to exercise at work or home pack information and encouragement into
minimal space. Glor, photographed doing handstands, split jumps, and sneakers-on “sun
salutations,” is good advertising for her own product. Anyone looking to shake up a stale
workout routine will most likely leave that plateau in the dust after tackling slimnastics, and
fitness newbies will benefit from this spot-on guide.

Heather Seggel