Chicory - A Substitute for Coffee

Chicory is a very old crop plant that has through the centuries been used both as food and medicine.

It has also been used either as a substitute for coffee or as an addition to make the coffee last longer when it had become scarce.

More information on this beautiful and very interesting plant visit:

5 Superfood Superfoods for Cleansing the Body: Let’s take a look at a selection of superfood superstars which will make fantastic additions to your diet and will provide endless benefits, such as detoxifying the body, reducing acidity, aiding digestion, and protecting against oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Food #1 – Blueberries: Blueberries are jam-packed with substances which can cleanse the urinary tract by washing away bacteria such as b-coli. ORAC or oxygen radical absorbance capacity is used to measure a foods ability to provide protection against free radicals, and blueberries have one of the highest ORAC values of any food found in nature; at the very least, they have a higher antioxidant concentration than pretty much any other fruit.

Food #2 – Leafy Greens: Aside from being packed with essential vitamins and minerals which can provide a significant boost to the immune system, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, and kale boast a high fiber content, helping to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract, lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol, and protecting against cancers of the digestive tract. Furthermore, leafy greens contain high levels of chlorophyll which aids in ridding the body of toxins, and they’re very alkaline; alkaline foods will help to gently reduce the level of acidity in your body.

Food #3 – Oregano Oil: Oregano oil is a powerful anti-bacterial agent. A few drops of oil of oregano along with your morning lemon juice will provide a massive boost to help protect your body against viruses and harmful bacteria. Oregano oil also contains large quantities of phenols which help to detoxify and clear receptor sites throughout the body, providing antioxidant protection and safeguarding your future health against cancer.

Food #4 – Garlic: Besides being a potent liver tonic, there are two compounds found in garlic that are of particular interest, they are called allicin and germanium. Allicin is known for its potent antibiotic and disinfectant properties, while germanium has anti-cancer properties and has actually been demonstrated to slow the development of already developed tumors in humans.

Food #5 – Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice is well-known for cleansing the urinary tract but it also contains phytochemicals such as, catechins and quercetin which make this bittersweet beverage yet another excellent liver detoxifier. It is important to remember that helping the body to cleanse its vital organs and central nervous system can lead to a significant improvement in health and longevity, as well as a decrease in body fat levels and greater protection from seasonal illnesses such as the common cold.

Conclusion: Eating all the superfoods in the world is not going to help you if the rest of your diet is made up of junk food and you live a totally sedentary lifestyle. Remember that incorporating these wonderful foods into your diet is only half of the equation, and you can do so much more for your long-term health by gradually beginning to eliminate processed, refined, and artificial “Frankenstein” foods from your diet.

Even a body which has lived for decades with a constant onslaught of pizza and soda can heal and repair itself when provided with the right tools, so make sure that you throw some of these items into the cart next time you’re at the supermarket!

Alexis Ren Fitness & Diet Guide


*I am not a fitness trainer or nutritionist in any way, nor is this Alexis’ exact routine*

The first thing you need to know about a “diet” is that it does not mean restricting or cutting back calories. It means what you put in your body, what you eat. Alexis has always practiced a very well balanced diet as well as daily exercise. To everyone asking me what she does for both, keep on reading!

Words and tips from Alexis herself-

An ideal grocery list:
Vegan plant protein powder + almond milk
Perfect bars
Hummus and carrots
Apples + almond butter
Raw cashews or a raw trail mix
Kale chips

Breakfast ideas:
“Yogurt with fruit or almond butter mixed in, scrambled eggs with kale or spinach. There’s plenty of alternatives! A yummy smoothie shake is my favorite. You just gotta play with what your body likes the best”

A typical diet:
“…my diet consists of no bread, no fast food, no red meat, and I try to stay off sugar (besides from fruit) as much as I can. & no alcohol. I eat everything besides that! Mostly everything I eat is organic, raw good food”

Health Tips:
-Always have a full glass of water before a meal
-Have dinner before 7 and don’t eat after that (aka no late night snacking)
-Honey and lemon mixed in hot water before breakfast is amazing for the digestive system. Some times I do those ridiculously intense lemon cayenne shots eeek.
-No fruit after lunch (unless it’s papaya or apples) “Fruit has a lot of sugar in it. It helps to cut the sugar intake once the afternoon hits, but I still eat papayas because they’re insanely good for your digestive system and apples never effected my body to bad so I let myself have one or two as a snack.”
-Vegetablessss all day everyday!!
-Water water water!

Words and tips from Alexis herself-

A Typical Day:
“Gym 1½ hours each morning followed by a yoga class.”

-Yoga (Bikram)
-Self defense
(Alexis also trained as a ballerina for 11 years)

After posting this, I had a lot of anonymous messages asking how they could slim down their waist. I figured I would just add it to this section so I could address everyone asking. 

While cardio and spot training can help slim your waist, genetics play a much larger role than what you probably think. Based off of pictures she’s posted with her sister, her small waist is genetics. Of course her exercise helps a lot, what some of you have said is “abnormally small” is because of her DNA. 

What’s important to know is achieving a body exactly like Alexis is going to be impossible. Not because she’s so unbelievably physically fit that none of us can compete, but because we all have different genes. Cardio and pilates will help you tone up your tummy, but just know you may not have a curvier build. Some people are boxy, some are curvy, and some are in the middle. All of those are okay! Please don’t try anything harmful in order to try to get a body like hers.

I did some research on waist trainers and here’s what I found out. They will instantly slim your waist when you’re wearing them. Keep in mind, sure you can wear them under clothes, but they’re a big black harnessy looking contraption that might draw attention to yourself. If you want to keep it hidden, you’ll have to cross out anything that’s slightly cropped. It takes years to have a drastic visual effect on your body. A couple weeks, even months, of wearing it will have a minimal effect. I’ve also read that they’re not the safest despite information arguing otherwise. 

Suggestions for a Healthy Diet:
-Although eating organic is idea, it’s not always the most affordable. Don’t sweat it if you can’t buy everything organic. What I would suggest is trying to get your meat sources organic. So many times nonorganic meats such as chicken, beef, and fish have harmful chemicals in them. 

-Vegetarian/Vegan does not always mean healthy. Same with a regular diet, vegetarian and vegan diets can be unhealthy. You need to be very careful with making sure you’re maintaining a balanced diet while staying away from animal products. Be aware of your carb intake. A lot of the times, vegetarians (not all) tend to eat high amounts of pasta to replace protein. Try foods like quinoa which are packed with protein!

-Gluten free doesn’t always mean healthy either. They make gluten free brownies, that doesn’t mean they’re healthy and you can have 10 of them.

-Just because Alexis does not eat red meat and other foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Everyone’s body is different, and different foods work for different people. Shaping your diet to match you role model’s isn’t always the best. Alexis herself has said don’t be afraid to try things out until you find out what your body likes best.

-Snacking is often times the downfall to a healthy diet. Bags of potato chips are easier to prepare than a salad right? Start by swapping out processed foods for raw foods like carrots, apples, bananas, etc. Day by day, just start replacing what you snack on! 

-I find that sugars from fruit aren’t that harmful to me. They can be high in sugars, but remember sugar is allowed. Fat is allowed. Just the good kind.

-STAY AWAY FROM PROCESSED FOODS AND SUGARS. Obviously fast food is a huge no, but things like Splenda too! Artificial sugars are so bad for your body, so if you’re looking for a natural sweetener, try Sugar in the raw or organic honey!

-Try cooking with spices. It adds HUGE flavor to a dish without adding a lot of calories! Healthy doesn’t have to mean bland!

-There’s nothing wrong with having a little treat now and then. Stay away from cheat days! This mentality is correlated with binge eating disorders. Instead, strive for a consistent healthy diet, but don’t restrict calories. If you’re craving ice cream, have a scoop instead of three.


-Skinny isn’t the only type of perfect body. Average isn’t either. Neither is fat. The fact is, there is no “perfect body”. We all have imperfections and it’s time to acknowledge that. 

-If you want change, go for it, but do not feel like it’s a must when you’re already happy with yourself. 

-Stop comparing your body to others. Instead of this comparison mind set, let’s try swapping it for a girls supporting girls/guys supporting guys/everyone supporting everyone. Life becomes so much easier when you only focus on yourself, but still support someone you look up to.

-Accept every flaw, or learn to. Stretch marks? So what. Soft stomach? Who cares. The fact is, the only person that should be paying attention to your body is you. Anyone who has the guts to criticize your temple deserves a swift kick to the shin. 

-Practicing self love is so important. It’s hard to do, but the more you try, the realer it becomes! 

-Like the comparison bullet, work to the best that you can be not what somebody else is. 

That’s about it, a quick guide to healthy eating! Any other questions feel free to send an ask! :)