A Detox Drink for the Day After Halloween

For those of you without a calendar or access to the outside world, last night was Halloween. As an occasional actress and everyday costume fanatic, it’s one of my favorite holidays. For my boyfriend Nick, it is THE HOLIDAY of the year [I mean, come on, he teaches about zombie survival for a living]. Because of this, we tend to go all out: parties, candy, decorations, drinking games, festive food…you get the idea.

This year, we conspired together and decided to dress up as Margot & Richie Tenenbaum.

margot and richie halloween 2013 copy

“I think we’re just gonna have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that.”

I’d actually started planning my costume about a month before Halloween, but it became a whole lot more popular after this amazing sketch from last week’s SNL:

Our party was so much fun, it was hard to remain Margot-stoic for the camera all night. I broke character on more than one occasion.

margot and richie halloween

Notice the wooden finger on my right hand…Nick MADE that. He’s handy like that.

For our party guests, we prepared my favorite vegan chili & some pumpkin oatmeal cookies [with Enjoy Life chocolate chips added].

The chili was so delicious I ate about five bowls, along with several cookies & a taste of some vegan chai snickerdoodles made by Alicia of Big Vegan Affair [they weren’t gluten-free, but I just had to try them]. Add to that a dirty martini, some Chicago Diner nachos and a few too many pieces of vegan halloween candy & I awoke this morning looking for a dietary re-set button.

So, in the spirit of recovering from your halloween cocktails & candy overdose, here’s a yummy day after halloween detox drink made with kale & carrots to kickstart your body’s cleansing. The fact that it’s festively orange is just a happy halloween accident.

day after halloween detox drink

Pink skeleton approved.

Ingredients [approx. 2 servings]

8 carrots
4 kale leaves
4 celery stalks
2 fuji apples
2 limes

Juice all ingredients together for a vitamin-rich, detoxifying cocktail that’s sweet with just a slight tang. For best results drink immediately & on an empty stomach.

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Thankful Thursday: How to Please a Diva [LaVida]

Today is a very special Thankful Thursday, filled to the brim with happy news!

Let’s start things off with some “glowing” praise from recent 6 month program graduate
& supremely talented burlesque dancer Diva LaVida:

diva testimonial

 “I really enjoyed working with Michelle & found her to be a tremendous asset. She never pressured me into wacky diets or asked me to do anything that made me feel less than awesome. Her advice helped to clear up my skin, trim my waist, & got me glowing. Seriously, even my coworkers noticed my positive changes. Woot!”
Diva LaVida

To read even more client testimonials & to find out the details about my 6 month health coaching program visit www.healthhappinessandhulahoops.com & schedule your very own FREE health consultation:
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Other things that I’m Thankful for Today:

♥ the amazing, useful, & entertaining eBook that I’m a contributor to hit #3 on the Amazon Best Seller’s list in our category [Kindle – Advertising]! If you want to read all about how I based my business brand on girly magazines + many more stories of self-promotion & starting your own business, you can purchase Self-Promotion Sucks (but it doesn’t have to) on Amazon for only $4.99!

♥ inspired by my first eBook experience, I’ve decided to write my own! You can look forward to my Health is Beauty how-to guide to clearing your skin & getting that glow this Fall! It’ll be a tight deadline for all the information that I plan to include, but I’m putting it out there into the universe & feel determined I can make it happen. [P.S. If you’re excited by this book idea, leave me a comment of support on the Michelle Shea Walker [dot com] facebook page, I’d really appreciate it!]

♥ my boyfriend Nick was featured in The Chicago Sun-Times this week for his Dabble class on How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s always great to see someone so brilliant get the great press that they deserve [especially when it’s the man in your life].

♥ and also, I’m thankful for chia pudding. So. Much. Chia. Pudding. 🙂

What are you Thankful for Today?

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

I’ve never been much of a doomsday prep-er. It’s just not my style.

As an eternal optimist & meditation junkie, I believe that the future is what you make of it…as long as my thoughts remain positive, my future remains bright. Nick, on the other hand, is the eternal boy scout. He may not believe that the world’s really going to end, but he’s determined to be prepared in case it does [check out his tongue-in-cheek zombie survival class to see what I mean]. Over the past year, Nick & I have had a few discussions about the whole Mayan calendar/December 21st topic and have come to the agreement that it’s less about the end of the world & more about the end of an era.

That’s why I was so excited to find today’s video interview between my favorite YouTube personality, Marie Forleo, & the equally awesome Ophi Edut of AstroStyle on how the end of the Mayan calendar is really just the beginning of an exciting new age.

Don’t feel like watching the whole video? Here’s the cliff notes version [+ my own thoughts] on how to thrive in a post-2012 world:

1. Develop & deepen your spiritual tools. This has been a big theme in my life for the past year. Through yoga & meditation, I am slowly finding a spiritual practice that works for me. There’s nothing wrong with the traditional church setting, but I personally find connecting with my spiritual side easier from the quiet of my mind. Meditation has taught me that I have all of the tools that I need within me to create the life that I desire. Which leads us to point #2…
2. Move from waiting to creating. Otherwise known as manifesting your desires, my favorite resources for information on this concept are Gabby Bernstein [who they mention in the video] & The Secret. Your thoughts control your reality & you can make magic in your life once you learn how to use them.
3. Get in touch with your body. Be healthy. Eat your veggies. Move your body. These are all things I help my clients with, but they’re a big part of my own life as well. It’s amazing the clarity & peace of mind you can achieve through complete & total health.
4. Discover your ability to bend time. Yeah, this one sounds a little crazy, but it’s pretty similar to point #2: you can create your own existence by just altering the way you look at the world. If you truly believe that you have enough time to get things done, you’ll stress less, be more productive, and it will feel like the clocks are making time just for you.
5. Join forces & resources with people. In this global community that exists on the web, it’s amazing the people you can find in your corner. Connect & be respectful of everyone you interact with, you never know who can lend a helping hand down the line.
6. Spend more time being around people in-person. As an online introvert, this is the one area I struggle with, but despite my shy nature, I do make sure to schedule face time [not just FaceTime] with the people closest to me. My resolution is to take this further in 2013: unplug more often and head out into the world. Won’t you join me? ♥