Sweet, Sweet Summer Time

Happy Wednesday Y’all! Or shall I say Happy National Wine Day?
If you haven’t noticed, some changes have been made over here on Betox & I’m thrilled to share them with you all!
In other news… IT’S SUMMER! Whooooo… This girl couldn’t be more excited to get a BREAK. During the school year, it feels like my mind and body are always go, go go. Between school, tennis, training and finding time to spend with friends and family, there is little to no time for relaxation. There is always something to do or something due. So to get a little break, to wake up without an alarm clock, to let my mind engage in things other than school is such a relief. As relaxing as it is, I think it’s healthy too! I sure get worn down after the constant racing of my mind, mental to do lists and physically pushing my body.

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Knock, Knock

Who’s there?
It’s me, Bri!
While I wish I was reporting back to you all with a crazy story about my undercover mission, forcing me to be MIA… Sadly, the tsunami that is college has taken over my life. While that is no excuse for my lack of posts, I am back!
Where shall I begin? Firstly, I’m going to share some of the college-budget friendly things that I have been eating + drinking that are both nutritious & yummy!
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New Year, New Me?

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I am sure that you have heard the saying “It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.” Here we are, 32 days into the new year. Have you stuck with your new years resolutions? All of them? Some of them? Maybe you’ve forgotten that you even made one. It seems to be a common pattern that people start off strong and slowly fizzle out. The gyms are usually packed during the first week of the year but slowly, people stop coming. Does that sound like you?
Maybe your resolution is already a habit or a routine in your daily schedule… Or you may have already achieved your goal. It is so important to frequently revisit your goals for the new year. This year I have made it one of my goals to stay on track with my goals. By putting them on paper, I hold myself accountable as well as providing myself with a reminder of what exactly I plan to achieve. With that in mind, I can use it as a baseline to determine whether or not I have met my goal or am on track to. It is important to set realistic, specific, and attainable goals. Yes, you should absolutely shoot for the stars! But in the meantime, make small stepping stone goals for yourself. By doing so, you not only reduce the chance of becoming discouraged with your progress, but you also motivate yourself along the way by reaching small milestones.
If you have already achieved your goal for the year, continue to push yourself. Goals are a great way to provide focus and allow us to stretch and grow in ways that we didn’t think possible.
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Organic: To Be or Not To Be?

foodiesfeed.com_red-carrots-at-farmers-marketOne of the most perplexing questions for even an accustomed grocery shopper is whether or not organic produce is worth the extra dollar. Organic foods offer a number of benefits, including lower pesticide exposure and a lessened environmental impact. In all honesty, buying organic can be expensive but you can get the most out of your next shopping trip by prioritizing which foods you should purchase organic.
Each year, The Environmental Working Group releases an annual dirty dozen list, which includes foods that you should buy organic. The group analyzes data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little the samples have. It is important to note that some crops face high numbers of fungus and insect threats, therefore prompting farmers to use more pesticides.
Often times, a cocktail of pesticide residues remain on the food after we purchase them and when we consume them, doesn’t that sound yummy?
Find out some of the worst pesticide residue culprits below! The list contains a culmination of the most recent dirty dozen list along with some additions.
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Finding Your Balance

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 11.38.36 AMAs I sit here, sipping my tea, with a box of cookies to my right and In Defense of Food to my left… I bounce the idea around of letting myself dive into the sweets and cookies that surround the holiday or following a strict juice detox so that I can indulge later on. While the later sounds much less desirable, I can drum up adequate reasoning for either path. After giving free reign to holiday parties and treats, its easy to fall into the trap of feeling guilty, bloated and as though a ten mile run is needed to burn off all of the calories that were consumed. As the holiday rapidly approaches, I am reciting to myself to enjoy life, to live in the present and to find a balance.
Sure, eating the whole tray of cookies probably isn’t the best idea… As it will leave you nauseous, sluggish and unproductive while you scramble for your last minute holiday gifts. But on the flip side, a strict juice diet, or say chicken and broccoli, will leave you craving your favorite holiday foods. So, LET’S LIVE LIFE! Drop-kick the guilt and the thought of having to workout twice to “make up for it” because believe it or not, your body will bounce back. That cookie will not go straight to your thighs, because that is not how it works. Just as eating a salad won’t give you six-pack abs, that extra slice of pie won’t crush your hopes and dreams of ever having one. I challenge you to wallow in a plate of seconds, enjoy dessert with family and friends and spoil yourself.
Where am I going with all of this? Balance. No… Not the yoga-esque type of balance that you try to find while holding all of your weight on your big toe, but finding an equilibrium in your diet and daily schedule.
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Turkey Day

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I still can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us. I have been totally counting down the days until Thanksgiving… It’s so close I can taste it (especially with the acorn squash recipe below)! How fortunate are we to have a day dedicated to spending time with family and friends, eating, watching football and just being thankful for all that we have!? As you prepare your menu for Thanksgiving Day, consider incorporating some of the health(ier) recipes below!
Take a second to look around and realize how amazing this life is. I encourage each of you to grab a friend or a relative and spend some time giving back to your community this holiday season. Donate your time, a hug or a meal to someone in need because sometimes the impact that you can have on an individual can mean the world to them. Lets spread positive vibes this holiday season!
I am currently taking part in Lauren Gleisberg’s #LGfitmas challenge, which is comprised of daily workout challenges posted to her blog + a huge accountability base on Instagram + occasional recipes, and more! Fortunately, it just started today so it’s not too late for you to get on board! The holidays often times present a number of challenges with holiday parties, treats and more but I am looking forward to mixing up my routine with this challenge and holding myself accountable. PSA: Lauren offers variations so you can do the exercises at home, no excuses!
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Finding Your Mantra (on your Pranamat ECO)

It has been a whirlwind of a semester thus far, but I finally have a chance to breathe a breath of fresh air (for a second or two…). In these past few weeks, the weather here in Charlotte has been far from motivating. Record breaking rainfall makes me want to “Netflix and chill” more than anything. I may have questioned my major, my future and my caffeine consumption on more than one occasion. It’s definitely that time in the semester.
BUT… If there was one highlight during my day, it was definitely coming home to my Pranamat ECO.

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Never heard of it? It is an all-natural therapeutic massage mat, covered in three-dimensional lotuses, which incorporates acupuncture and acupressure techniques. It gets better… the mat is made entirely of certified eco-friendly materials.
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Fall Favorites

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As of September 23rd, it is officially fall. The colder temps are yet to come but the rain has been relentless as hurricane Jacquin (are they running out of “J” names or what!?) makes its way through the Atlantic. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are filling Instagram newsfeeds all over the world, Halloween decorations line the shelves and fall fashion is soon to strike.
With that, school work is piling up and the motivation to complete assignments before their due date has departed with the sunshine. Nevertheless… looking forward for whats to come this fall is keeping my spirits high as the leaves begin to change.
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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

My love for coffee does not discriminate… I like it hot, cold, in the morning or the middle of the day, on my body, you name it. Take a little time this Labor Day weekend to pamper yourself with this homemade coffee body scrub recipe that will leave your skin feeling baby soft!
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