Mind Body Soul
December, 2018 - Issue #171
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Health News You should Use
Setting Yourself Up for Fitness Success in 2019

Pre-book your classes. It's a surefire way to stay on track. Commit to invest in yourself - don't cancel.
Prioritize intensity over time. You don't need to spend hours in the gym, but the time you do spend working out should get every muscle firing and shaking.
Focus on slow, resistance-based movements. That'll stimulate fat-burning muscle fibers, torch calories and sculpt your body from head to toe. Motivate's classes are designed to push your muscles to burn between 500 to 800 calories a class, thanks to slow, controlled movements that put the muscles under constant tension.
Sound intense? It is - but knowledgeable instructors can accommodate all fitness levels on the cutting-edge M3 Megaformer. You'll learn to love the burn and shake that comes with Lagree Fitness.
Motivate 713-8099

Plate Therapy Now Offers Gluten-free Holiday Foods
Pre-order perfection! Santa Clarita's favorite fresh-food delivery and grab/go service has expanded to offer holiday treats like gluten-free pecan and apple pies, as well as bread pudding. Side dishes like paleo and gluten-free stuffing, green-bean casserole and paleo roasted-bacon maple brussel sprouts are also on the menu. Pre-order yours online.

Light is the Medicine of the Future
How a 90-second Beam can Help You Lose Weight
In only a minute and a half, a beam of Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) can boost your metabolic rate, reduce cravings and help heal GERD. How? Because your body absorbs light energy, especially when exposed to certain wavelengths, it's possible to stimulate cellular energy production and healing. This non-invasive, pain-free process encourages cells to convert their stored energy - fat! As a bonus, they also release toxins during the process, allowing your body to process and release the waste naturally. Interestingly, light therapy can also affect how your body feels hunger, preventing weight gain in the first place. Light therapy has been found to be effective for body contouring, reducing overall circumference and whittling waists. Concluded to be safe and clinically effective, this treatment is available for free - no purchase necessary - to readers when they mention Inside SCV. See page 59 for details.
MB Laser Therapy Pain Health Management 888-1276

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Free Kick Start Package with Metabolism Makeover Program at Results Fitness
Results Fitness's famed Metabolism Makeover program begins in early 2019 - and clients lose up to 30 pounds during the six-week program. Right now, get a free Kick Start Package when you sign up for Metabolism Makeover and mention Inside SCV. This $650+ package is totally free and includes a Head Start Strategy Session, Functional Movement Screen, an Inbody Measurement and two free classes a week to get a jump on your metabolism boost at no extra charge. This life-changing program is more affordable than you think - and more effective than you could dream.
Results Fitness 799-7900

New Year, New You Special at Organic Sweat Shack for Only $349
This January, the Shack will be running its New Year, New You Special - a 20-sweat package for only $349. That's less than $18 per sweat! This package can be shared, is not limited to day of use, and never expires - so it is the perfect post-holiday self-care treat. Infrared heat saunas like those at the Shack are uniquely created to provide a wide assortment of health and wellness benefits ranging from pain relief and natural detoxification to immunity boosts, stress relief, inflammation reduction, and so much more. We're obsessed!
Organic Sweat Shack 678-0880

A Total Two-hour Detox at Optimum Health for Only $155
Stimulate and boost your immune system with this back-to-back perk that will leave you feeling clean and fresh from the inside out. You'll start with a remarkable one-hour lymphatic drainage session that calms while it helps your body process and release toxins and waste, immediately followed by a one-hour flushing colon hydrotherapy session.
Optimum Health 253-2900

21-day Pass to Rising Lotus Yoga for Only $44
SCV's new welcoming and warm yoga studio in Newhall is offering a wow'ing incentive for Inside SCV readers - and we're already hooked. Our current fave: the Rising Lotus Flow class, best for those comfortable in levels two and three. This is RL's signature mixed-level flow class with poses linked with the breath. The Vinyasa flow experiences include dynamic and creative sequences designed to create focus, wake the inner body and still the mind. Advanced poses may be given in these classes along with modifications for the less-experienced student. (Ahem... us!). Depending on the day and teacher, there may be music, chanting, pranayama and meditation, too.
Rising Lotus Yoga 200-7293

10 Classes at Drenched for Only $99
Pilates Sculpt is where it all started at Drenched, where clients of every experience level work it out in a heated space for maximum results. Give it a try in owner Angela's 60-minute class, which was designed to talk to your entire body and she wastes no time. With the use of weights, resistance bands, gliders and other equipment your body will burn fat while lengthening the muscles for a more lean physique. Everyone is welcome and encouraged in this room of love and sweat, where the vibe is sexy, sassy and strong.
Drenched 713-2601

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The beginning of the New Year is a great time to give your bod some extra self love with a cleanse - a sort of, "Hey babe, sorry for everything we ate and drank over the last two months" dietary plan. Choosing a gentle cleanse that nourishes your body can also treat your soul right. Cleanses are often associated with emotional detoxes, too - so don't be surprised if during your cleanse process, you experience strong feelings seemingly out of nowhere. Be kind to yourself, get extra rest and drink plenty of water. And of course, don't begin a cleanse without the approval of your doctor.

Elimination Cleanse
Say goodbye to gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, dairy and meat with this one. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, "Skinny B*&ch," pitched as a "no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous," the elimination cleanse can improve your skin's radiance, whittle off extra pounds, improve digestion and boost your energy after your body adjusts. Your vegan cleanse can last a weekend - or a lifetime.

Soup, Salad & Smoothie Cleanse
On the opposite end of the Juice Cleanse is the high-fiber Soup, Salad & Smoothie cleanse, a more-gentle introduction to plant-based cleansing that relies on vegan soups, salads and green smoothies. It's a gluten-free, complex-carb cleanse that places lots of emphasis on raw produce - but fill up on soups if you're feeling hungry or craving a hot meal. All that extra fiber will treat your colon to a fresh start. You'll feel pleasantly satiated if you rely on "stoups" - hearty, thick soups that pack a protein punch with the addition of beans, lentils and squash. Meal prep ahead of time - green smoothies can last up to three days in the fridge and soups can be frozen in perfect portions - to set yourself up for success.

Juice Cleanse
This one picked up tons of steam after the viral documentary, "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" hit Netflix - but juice cleanses have been around since... juicers. There are tons of recipes online, but as long as you're juicing a variety of fruits and veggies, you'll be able to get all the nutrients you need while you give your digestive system time to rest and reboot. Expect to drop pounds, develop a taste for kale and... be at least a little hungry. Many do juice cleanses for three to 10 days to reset their systems. Watch the movie for all the inspo you need - it's incredibly motivating.

Raw Food Cleanse
Green smoothies, raw veggies, sprouted grains and seeds will be on your plate during your raw-food cleanse. This nutrient-dense eating can revitalize your body on the cellular level and if you're anything like us, you'll lose weight, too - and not only because you can't figure out what to eat. This is a tough one for many, but research the Hallelujah Diet for recipe guidance. Snack on fruits, raw nuts, salads and raw fermented beverages like kombucha, or get fancy and Google a recipe for raw hummus.

Your Emotional Detox Plan
Health really is about what you "put in," so pair your healthier-eating plan with an emotional detox so you can fuel your heart with equally-high-quality content.

Buh-bye Toxic People
If you can't entirely disengage, limit their access to you - and your investment in them.

Sticks & Stones are None of your Beeswax
Nastiness has no place in your higher-purpose world. Pay no attention to what others might hurl your way - and drop your own wordy weapons, too. You're too good to be that negative.

Stop Consuming Trash
You are what you eat - so if you're sucking down crap media, violent must-watch TV and social-media pettiness, you're not doing your best-life goals any favors.

Let Go
Forget about what you think you, your body and your life "should be." Those expectations serve no purpose but to hold you back from self love and acceptance.

Do Good for the Right Reasons
Do good things for your body because you love it, not because you hate how it looks/feels/acts. Do good things for yourself because you deserve it, not because it will get you likes on social media. Be kind to yourself and others because life is hard - and you have a chance to put a little more light in the world.
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