Peach Pina Colada (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

Imagine a hot, sunny beach day in southern California. It was July 4th and my friend and I were planning to spend the day sipping away on cool drinks by the ocean and getting a tan.

We discovered a bottle of rum and frozen fruit in the freezer and me, being the self-proclaimed Smoothie Queen, decided I would concoct a Peach Pina Colada Rum Smoothie of sorts…and it turned out to be a really good idea. This drink is delicious and refreshing!

This drink is good for you because full of antioxidants from fruit and lauric acid* from coconut. It’s sugar-free and free of common food allergens.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below…

xoxo,
Robin

Peach Pina Colada

Peach Pina Colada
Serves 2
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cups coconut milk (light or full fat depending on your preference)**
4 large ice cubes (about 1 cup)
1 banana (frozen)
1 cup sliced peaches (frozen or fresh)
1 dropper-full of liquid stevia extract, or honey, to taste
Optional:
4fl. oz of organic rum – more or less to your liking

To make things easier, you can just use 2 cups of frozen tropical fruit mix from the supermarket instead of the frozen bananas and peaches.

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to your blender. Use the ice crush setting until ice and fruit is well-broken down. Then “puree” or “blend” until very smooth. Add up to 1 cup of additional milk or water to reach desired consistency.
2. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator (for up to 30 minutes) or freezer (for up to 15-20 minutes).

*According to mercola.com, “Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.”
**I don’t buy Thai Kitchen coconut milk anymore because they are owned by McCormick who recently spent $400K opposing GMO Labeling laws in CA and Oregon according to the OCA.

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5 Reasons You Are Fatigued and What To Do About It

Chronic fatigue is becoming a widespread issue. And there is a way out. Today I’m going to explain exactly why you are fatigued and what you can do about it.

After the episode you’re going to have clear and easy steps to follow that will help you strengthen your body and mind, increase your energy reserves and identify areas where you are wasting your energy.

As I always say, taking back your health requires a lifestyle change. There isn’t going to be a healthy way to get quick and sustained energy. But there are things you can start doing today that will give your results later this week.

Take a listen and let me know what you think! You can ask questions and leave comments on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/robinnshirley

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Robin

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Green Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

I usually don’t drink cold smoothies in the winter, but for some reason I really wanted one this week! I also came down with a cough, sore throat and major congestion, which is a little out of the ordinary for me, so I needed a good vehicle for a mega dose of supplements and super foods. You can sub any fruit or nut in this recipe (except whole almonds don’t work very well in smoothies), just make sure to blend it really well! Enjoy…

xoxo,
robin

Green Banana Smoothie

Green Banana Smoothie
serves 1

Ingredients:
1 cup water or non-dairy milk, like almond milk
1 ½ cups frozen or fresh fruit or vegetables (1 banana = ~ ¾ cup)
1 handful green leafy vegetables (like spinach or romaine)
dash of vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
superfood of choice: ¼ teaspoon spirulina, ½ teaspoon camu or 1 teaspoon bee pollen
optional:
1 tablespoon of LOCAL honey or 5 drops stevia extract
1-2 tablespoons nut butter (for a creamier, more filling smoothie)
hemps seeds, for garnish

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together on high until smooth. Add more liquid as needed. Enjoy!

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How to Find Clarity and Make Progress on today’s TBYH Radio

Do you feel stuck in place, like you want to be somewhere else in life but you don’t know how to get from where you are to where you want to be?

A friend of mine inspired this topic today. She was in limbo, paralyzed between where she was and where she wanted to go, and not sure what the next step was.

This is a very common feeling and that it’s completely natural and normal for everyone to go through periods of confusion and procrastination in their lifetime.

What’s important is learning how to be productive in your confusion/procrastination/paralyzation.

Sound intriguing? Listen in to this week’s TBYH Radio episode and I’ll explain the details!

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Robin

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Should You Be On A Strict Diet For Healing?

In this episode I talk about what you need to know when you are beginning a restrictive diet.

Last month a client asked me if being on a strict diet (as she is) is healthy – mentally, emotionally and physically. She said that although she feels better, it doesn’t seem natural to be so restrictive.

Like many people, she came to be on a “strict” diet through research into nutrition and how to clear up minor (or major) physical symptoms through diet change. She found success with reducing her symptoms. Yet she wasn’t sure if it was “right” to eat this way.

I know that other people are on even stricter diets than her, like paleo, GAPS, specific carbohydrate, and/or raw vegan, among others. If you’re considering one of these diets, or another specific way of eating, listen to this before you take the leap! I promise – you’ll like what you hear.

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Robin

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Staying Healthy While Traveling

I recently packed up everything I owned, stuffed it into my car and drove across the country to my new home, Los Angeles. I’ve been planning for this for about two years and finally made it happen. My friend and I drove together and we were on the road and away from the comforts of home for 6 days and 7 nights.

Being particular about my food and lifestyle, I knew I was going to have to be strategic and plan ahead so that I wouldn’t have to compromise my health along the way.

In this episode of Take Back Your Health Radio, I’m sharing stories from the road and my tips for staying healthy while you’re traveling.

Take a listen and then in the comments below, let me know if you have any other tips for healthy travels. We all have wisdom and knowledge to share!

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Robin

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Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

This is probably my favorite smoothie that I’ve ever made. It’s ridiculous.

I think it is best made in a high-power blender so that all the the orange pithy stuff gets obliterated and the smoothie turns out nice and smooth, but of course you can still make it in a standard blender – just cut the oranges smaller and blend longer!

Enjoy!

xoxo,
robin

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
serves 1

Ingredients:
½ cup water
1 orange, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (see video)
1 banana, frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons white cream from the top of a can of coconut milk

Directions:
Blend all ingredients together on high until smooth.

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Are You Denying Your Deepest Desires?

Are you denying your deepest desires?

When I use the phrase “deepest desires” I’m sure that all kinds of thoughts pop into your mind!

That’s okay. Whatever desires you’re thinking about is exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about all kinds of desires – around relationships, health, career, money, friendships, social life, sex, travel, etc.

If there is one main lesson I’ve learned while taking back my health, it’s that the only important thing in life is to enjoy yourself and those around you. Because if you aren’t, life isn’t worth living. In order to enjoy yourself and those around you, you need to be in pretty good physical health, which is why I talk a lot about food and exercise.

But, in order to enjoy yourself, you also need to be in good mental and emotional health. I didn’t learn this piece until a few years into my journey while I was bed-ridden and stuck in my own head for hours at a time.

I’m going to talk about why discovering (or admitting to yourself) your deepest desires is essential to your healing journey and I’ll teach you how to find the courage to pursue those desires, no matter what they are.

Take a listen and then come back here and tell us about your deepest desires in the comments below…

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Robin

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Lemon Tart (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

When I was a teenager, I loved to bake. I still do, but I had to go through a transition where I switched to baking gluten-free, dairy-free and sometimes egg-free. It was a challenge and for periods of time I rebelled against baking altogether, frustrated and angry.

Now, especially with all of the new ingredients on the market, it’s so easy to bake without the foods that cause me problems. And it’s easy to make it taste good – good enough for friends and family!

This lemon tart is a favorite of mine. There’s something special about lemon desserts…they are a weakness of mine. This one is easy and quick to make – try it out and let me know how it goes!

xoxo,
robin

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart
Serves 8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes

Lemon filling ingredients:
½ cup lemon juice
2/3 cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

Tart crust ingredients:
2 cups almond flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the egg and coconut oil together until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Press the dough into an 8-inch tart pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
2. While the crust is baking, whisk the honey and lemon together until incorporated. Add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk until eggs are completely broken up and well incorporated into the honey lemon mixture. (About 30 seconds of heavy whisking.)
3. Pour the lemon filling straight into the hot crust and bake for 22 minutes. Let cool for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set. Store in the refrigerator.

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How to Stay Grounded & Healthy in the Midst of Change

I’ve just made a huge change in my life and staying grounded through the chaos is essential for me when I have so much on the line – financially and with my health. Through time and intentional effort I’ve been able to work my way into a good place in both areas and maintaining that progress throughout such a major life change can be challenging.

Maybe you’re also going through a major life(style) change (new relationship, new career, new diagnosis, etc) and you are looking for ways to stay grounded and focused. Check out today’s episode and see how easy it can be to feel supported and stay motivated despite the chaos amidst.

Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below. What do you do everyday to stay on track with your goals and dreams?

xoxo,
Robin

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