Happy New Year!

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Feeling reflective today? Me too! Time to take a few moments or days to cleanse our minds and revisit the good and flush out the bad as another year comes to a close. This is life.

Looking back, how was your year? Was 2013 good to you? Were you good to yourself, friends and family? What plans do you have for 2014? Will it be a year of advancing personally or professionally? A year to learn a new skill, practice a new hobby, change jobs, travel, exercise, adventure or will you resolve to relax and will yourself to slow down more often, be more present, and never be too busy.

I'm hoping to find a healthy balance of all of the above and I wish you the same.

I'd also like to say thank you so much to our dear CAN CAN clients, friends and family for 3 amazing years of support and love for what we do. You inspire us as we continue to build a relationship with you and your health. It is with much pride and happiness, that I wish CAN CAN a Happy 3rd Birthday this month and Happy 33rd Birthday to me! (3 is my favorite number so something extra special to have so many 3's align!)

With so much gratitude for the year past and the year ahead, Happy New Year!

May 2014 be as good to you as you be good to yourself. 

Wishing you and your families health and happiness!

Teresa

Happy Holidays To All!

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To our dear friends, families and CAN CAN'er, thank you for an amazing 2013!

Truly, we're blessed with the best clients and believers in what we do; the power of seasonal cleansing has a way of positively improving our bodies and minds. What a gift, just ask our clients! We've enjoyed sharing our love of taking 18 pounds of raw, organic, whole food ingredients and making it into tasty juices, nut milks, herbal teas, and soups to create an experience quite unique and magical.

We have much to be thankful for as 2013 has been a year of growth for CAN CAN. We thank you for encouraging and supporting us along the way! THANK YOU! And, we look forward to continuing to help you be healthier and happier in the New Year! 

Cheer to all that we were blessed with in 2013 and to an even healthier, happier, more prosperous, love & life-filled 2014!

We'll see you December 30th or 31st for the last cleanses of the year. Or, if your holiday calendar is booked, then January 3rd for our first cleanses of 2014!

Warm wish to you & your families!

With much love & gratitude,

Teresa & the CAN CAN Cleanse family 

 

**Happy Holidays special "gift" discount (HH2YOU - all caps) is good now through 12/25/13. Book your Winter Cleanses today! 

Sweet Tooth?

 

I have a major sweet tooth, and cookies are like my kryptonite.  Most of the year I'm pretty good at moderation, but when December hits, all bets are off.

This time of year, my Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest feeds are full of nothing but amazing holiday sweets: peppermint fudge combos, spice cookies, gingerbread houses, snowball cookies, coookies shaped like snowflakes or ornaments, eggnog baked into every treat imaginable.   And then there are the annual cookie swaps and the treats that get brought into the office.  It's tough out there!

I'm trying to be extra good this year.  Not only so I stay off Santa's naughty list, but also because I'm engaged!  I had set fitness goals a few months back, before the ring, and now that I have dress fittings in my near future, I have even more incentive to stick to my goals.

But, my number one fitness rule: I never deny my sweet tooth when a craving hits.  That will only lead to a major binge down the road.  So, instead of reaching for cookies every time I get a craving, I'm trying to make sure I have plenty of healthy sweet treats on hand.  One of my favorite snacks right now is so simple: one or two medjool dates stuffed with almond butter and flaked coconut.  It takes just a second to prepare, and is sweet, satisfying, and actually fills me up, without the refined sugars and flours found in baked goods.  Not to mention, dates, almonds, and coconut are full of health benefits.

I'll still have a cookie now and then, because hello...snickerdoodles exist.  But, with quick, healthy, sweet treats like these dates, I'll be less likely to go back to the cookie jar for seconds, thirds, or tenths.

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1-2 medjool dates

1/2 tablespoon of almond butter per date

1 teaspoon of flaked unsweetened coconut per date

Slice dates open lenghtwise and remove pit.  Fill with almond butter then top with coconut.

 

Post, recipe and image by Amber Kercmar of Loves Food Loves To Eat

Gift Ideas!

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A cleanse is a very thougthful gift to give to a friend or family member. Perhaps you know someone who has been interested in trying a cleanse, but hasn't bought one for him/herself? Or someone dear to you who could really benefit from the practice, but has never considered and may be pleasantly surprised? Or "What do I get for __________ ?" - that person in your life that has everything, why not a cleanse? It's an experience gift that anyone and everyone can benefit from both physically and mentally! 

Gift certificates and our All-Seasons Pass 2014 are now available! Yay!  

Peace. Joy. Love. Health. Happy Holidays! 

Thanksgiving Day Reminder

 

Thanksgiving day has come and gone, but the memory of my undercooked, 10 pound bird has not. I began with the no-fail oven bags until I quickly discovered the bag had expanded, melting to the coils. Luckily I caught it right away, thanks to my handy dandy nose and the noxious fumes emitting from the oven vent. This is probably another reason not to use plastic. After rescuing the turkey, removing the bag, removing all racks (yes, my oven is that small), I switched to foil and voila! Or, so I had hoped. After repeated basting, thermometer probing, and foil applying and removal, I proudly set the perfectly golden main course on the kitchen counter to carve.

The breast was streaming clear juices and the meat white and moist, causing our mouths to water. Finally! It was time to eat. One bite later, I was getting the bird instead of eating it. I’m pretty sure meat should not be stringy and chewy. Maybe all those years as a vegetarian has messed up my kitchen mojo. Or perhaps I never had any? 

 

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Despite my constant desire to be the greatest chef my family has ever known, that dream has yet to come to fruition. I was raised eating a lot of not-so-good-for-you foods. With a family of 7 on two teacher’s salaries, the budget was tight. But I never felt deprived. I remember eating a lot of the same things over and over, and eating out at a restaurant was a rare treat. The cuts of meat we could afford probably led to my vegetarianism.

I love reading recipes and trying new things. I have to keep the dream alive. My boyfriend complains that I try to make all the good food too healthy, but if he had his choice we would eat hamburgers and fries almost every night. I’m a much more adventurous eater than he is, and it’s hard to find a good balance sometimes.

Thanksgiving reminded me to be thankful for the bounty we have. It allows for my experimentation, my successes and my fails. The majority of us are blessed living in the United States, and especially in Southern California. The plethora of fresh foods is unbelievable, thanks to our climate and proximity to Mexico. Farmers markets run year round and new restaurants are constantly being promoted. Thankfully, we have professional chefs that keep my taste buds inspired and my kitchen creativity in check.

As for the Thanksgiving turkey? There is always next year!

Contributed by Nanette Murray

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